The Tale of Europe’s Stolen Children

For that past three months I’ve been writing and directing this beautiful animation for the European Roma Rights Centre. It’s been a real pleasure to work with award-winning animator Sarah Gomes Harris to make this cautionary tale about Romani kids being taken into state care simply because their parents are Roma and poor.

60 days with the Gypsies

For the past couple of months I’ve been working as the main producer on the 2nd series of the Channel 4 series 60 days on the Streets. The original series in 2019 exposed the national scandal of homelessness from the inside by following explorer Ed Stafford as he took to the streets of London, Manchester and Glasgow for 60 days. The next series will explore the hostile environment Britain’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities live in as the Tory government introduces a new wave of anti-Gypsy laws. We are currently looking for people to take part.

Freedom Project

It’s not often you get the chance to remake one of the world’s most iconic music videos. But a while back I worked alongside director Harry Hall to remake George Michael’s Freedom 90 music video for a younger audience. Commissioned by Sony Music it features a cast of survivors that have overcome everything from bullying, life-changing injury and childhood neglect to homophobia and transphobia. Unlike the original video which featured the super models of it’s day, this one features true superheroes. It’s just been released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Freedom 90.

Here for Good

Here For Good celebrates the work of public service workers who are working in partnership with Roma migrant communities to improve integration in the East of England. From Peterborough to Luton and Ipswich this film reveals the work of schools, charities and Roma families determined to stay here for good. Commissioned by the East of England Local Government Association. Funded by the UK government Department of Communities and Local Government.

Wisbechistan

In the autumn of 2019, as Britain seemed utterly divided on the impact of having voted for Brexit, I travelled to the East Anglian town of Wisbech to see how the impact of mass migration from Eastern Europe had transformed a community.

Nick-named Wisbechistan by some locals this film explores how those who pick and process our food sometimes encounter the ancient but enduring problem of human slavery. Commissioned by the Rosmini Centre, funded by the UK government Department for Communities and Local Government.

University of Life

I’ve just spent the last couple of months producing two hard hitting sponsored documentaries for Anglia Ruskin University with the youth marketing agency Livity. Both feature the groundbreaking research Anglia Ruskin does in order to attract new students, and both are presented by Capital Xtra DJ Yinka Bokinni. But they look at the very different subjects of ‘Revenge Porn’ and the use of music in promoting positive mental health.

Labour of love

Check out the latest Party Election Broadcast I’ve produced for the Labour Party, broadcast on BBC1 and ITV last night. Much of it shot in my home town of Hastings, but also in Plymouth, Yorkshire and Brixton.

Romany language and music on BBC Radio 3

28166818_1894839743867932_6053986354616141746_nHere’s a 10 minute programme I produced earlier this week for BBC Radio 3 about Romany language and song broadcast earlier today. Its all fascinating but the bit I produced starts 36 minutes in.
Featuring the amazing music of Romany Diamonds Ben and Cindy Czureja doing “Kaj O Bergi o Versha” (Where are the mountains and woods) and the the legend Ambrose Cooper singing “All through me rakli kicking up a guggeli”

Last cut is the deepest

I’m really proud of the latest party political broadcast I produced for the Labour Party with Josh Cole. It explores the harrowing consequences of what happens when police and youth services are cut. It was broadcast on primetime BBC1 and ITV tonight.