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A short compilation of some the people we’ve filmed with and the sort of stories, experiences, issues and concerns we’ve covered.

The film includes people in care, those with learning disabilities living independently, delivering healthcare and excerpts from our films on dementia. It also includes contributions from young people we’ve worked with who have experience of being homeless or being a teenage parent with some of the footage being shot by themselves using FLIP cameras and mobile phones.  We’d like to thank them all for their contributions and for allowing cameras to film part of their life and tell their story.

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Sunderland: The Jewel in the Cap

Filmed in Sunderland between 1988 after the last ship launch and 1993 when the town became a city, this 4 part documentary captures the upheaval felt by the town following the final closure of its shipyards. It follows many of the plans, ideas and schemes to regenerate the economy of the the town (as it was then) and launch it into the future as the advanced manufacturing centre of the north.

It’s now coming up to thirty years since that last ship built in Sunderland slipped into the river Wear on a dark December evening in 1988 and we’ve decided to put the film online for the first time. Featuring archive of how the river was, the demolition of the shipyard cranes and the creation of new enterprise parks along the river, the film also follows three Sunderland families, each with a teenager studying for GCSE exams and with their own hopes and aspirations for the future. Can the vision for Sunderland help them realise their own ambitions? Street parties, FA Cup finals and house parties all reveal a little of Sunderland’s notorious culture and in yet another declaration of a bright future, a young Michael Portillo makes an appearance (and not a train to be seen).

Shown here in four parts it captures the changes in Sunderland that, like for so many other similar post industrial towns and cities, seems to have been going on forever. There’s always talk of regeneration, always talk of what the city will become, meanwhile people try to get on with their lives and find their place amidst the seemingly constant yet necessary upheaval around them. The film ends in 1993 with yet another major industry closure and the final piece in the demolition jigsaw.

Part One 1988-90

Part Two 1990-91

Part Three 1991-92

Part Four 1992-93

Healthy Sex Forever

A series of resources produced for Stoke on Trent Public Health promoting good sexual health for people over 50.
The work and ideas were developed though a series of workshops with members of the public who are over 50 and a group of health professionals.
















Sexual Health and People Over 50

As life expectancy increases we are more likely to become widowed, separated or divorced and so it has become more common for us to start new relationships.
Whatever your age it is important not to take risks with your sexual health.
Following a Healthy Sex Forever consultation we have now developed resources aimed at people over 50 that will help you:

To feel confident that sexual health services are for you
To recognise when a talk with a health professional about your sexual health might be useful
To know how to contact sexual health services
To download all the posters please click here



Using the Mental Capacity Act

We’ve just completed a short film for the Department of Health and the Social Care Institute for Excellence explaining the Mental Capacity Act. See the trailer version here (2.5 mins):

The film called ‘Using the Mental Capacity Act’ features a number of people representing different stories and perspectives on how the act can work for them and how it can be useful to us all, now or in the future. It sets out the five principles of the act, making advance decisions and also considers future planning such as lasting powers of attorney.

The full length version can be seen here:

More information about the Mental Capacity Act and working with it can be found here: MCA film

Read the blog from SCIE about the film: Using the Mental Capacity Act


At MEDIA19 we’re good at making films that tell stories about real people; their lives, their experiences, their challenges, hopes, dreams and aspirations.

What story do you need to tell?



We produce films for charities and public sector organisations across the UK about their services, aims and objectives and the stories of the people they work with.

Our 20 years plus track record of producing work regionally, nationally and internationally has involved working with many different clients including the NHS, Channel 4, BBC, NICE, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Arts Council England, Leisurewatch, Centrepoint, The National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Scottish Care Inspectorate.  

We also develop engagement projects using digital video and photography to involve people and communities to connect them with decision making and developing ideas for change.

We produce video to tight budgets and tight deadlines with a creative approach and experience of working and filming with people from many different and diverse backgrounds; from young parents to patients and artists to accountants.

If you need a video to tell your story, engage with the public, develop new clients, promote a service or deliver training then get in touch.

Call either Nick or Belinda at Media19 on:

07949 079 097

or get in touch via email with any production query to:


We can respond with a budget and proposal for your production or project needs.

Dementia Film Wins Award

November saw our Social Care TV film “Getting to know the person with dementia” win its category (Best factual new media) at the Older People Media Awards 2013 (Twitter hashtag #opma2013). Produced by Media19 for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), the entry was up against strong competition. Gavin and Stacey/ Eastenders star Larry Lamb handed the award to three of the film’s contributors; Ian, Harry and Roy; along with Lynda Hughes, Forget Me Not Centre and Swindon Later Life Therapy Team Manager. They were delighted with the victory and SCIE’s Chair Lord Michael Bichard has sent his congratulations to the contributors. Other categories saw awards and nominations go to high-profile media outlets such as Panorama, the Guardian and the Times.

See post below or click: Dementia Film

Dementia – Memories & Culture

A film produced for Social Care Institute for Excellence about the importance of memories for people with dementia and how they can help connect people to their lives and experiences and aid communication.  The film was made with people from the West Indian Senior Citizens Project in Leicester and reveals the importance of connecting with and understanding people’s backgrounds and cultures as part of memory and reminiscence.

Fish Pass – Darley Abbey

Film produced by Media19 for The Trent Rivers Trust about the design, development, construction and installation of the fish pass at Darley Abbey. The Larinier fish pass enables a diverse range of fish species to move upstream to find suitable river habitat for feeding and spawning. The design and construction of the fish pass was a complex process taking into account many environmental issues with the core aim of improving fish passage and the river habitats upstream of the existing weir at Darley Abbey. The design and construction also had to ensure the heritage value of the weir and the surrounding area was not adversely affected. Darley Abbey weir forms part of the Derwent Valley Heritage Site along with many other important historic mills and weirs along the river.

The fish pass was built using a grant provided by Defra under the Catchment Restoration Fund. It was designed by FISHTEK Ltd in Totnes and completed in partnership and with support from the Environment Agency, Derby City Council and Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.


National Memory – Local Stories

New website launched featuring work from Media19’s latest project in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London.
National Memory – Local Stories

Working at museums in Salisbury, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, Media19 worked alongside young people to enable them to create their own visual responses to the events of World War 1 using digital media. The brilliantly visual work reveals great thought and insight into what it meant to them, exploring many different themes and ideas and allowing young people to find their own way of connecting to these historic events. It creates a whole new set of contrasting imagery as part of the 2014 WW1 commemorations.

See the work produced here: National Memory – Local Stories

Partner Museums are:
The Rifles Museum, Salisbury; National Museum Northern Ireland;
National Museums Scotland; National Museum Wales

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Yearbook

An image from the Campaign Trail project has been selected as the front cover for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation yearbook report 2010/2011.

For further information regarding Campaign Trail see Projects or click here.


A young parent visits the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) as part of Campaign Trail, a cross-platform, digital project working with young parents to produce peer-to-peer education, sexual health and community projects on teenage parenting. Though a series of local walks, participants have documented their local area and facilities to campaign for improved access for young parents living in isolated urban communities. Campaign Trail is funded is produced by Media19, with funding from PHF Social Justice Programme. Photograph by Gilmar Ribeiro.


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