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‘Eyes Wide Shut’

In recognition of Armistice Day we’re posting our film that tells the story of a young sergeant in WW1 who was one of 306 British soldiers executed for military offences. The most common charge was desertion or cowardice. All their names were omitted from war memorials, their relatives did not receive military pensions and many families lived with the shame of the events and could never celebrate or commemorate their relatives’ involvement in the horrors of ‘The Great War’.

It’s been 5 years since all 306 were granted a full pardon by the British Government and this film (made prior to that pardon) recalls the campaign of one relative seeking justice for his great Uncle and portrays the events and circumstances that led to the final tragic execution by firing squad.

 


Poached Salmon

Although poaching has been happening on rivers for centuries where locals might take ‘one for the pot’, nowadays the face of the salmon poacher has changed.  Following some of the North East river bailiffs as they police the local rivers from poachers, this film investigates the perceptions of poaching from the opposing sides; the poachers, the estate owners and the river police. Whilst some argue for the free right to fish, others see the poachers as a severe threat to the rivers and their livelihood.

 

 


Adam’s Story

Part of the BBC’s ‘People’s War’ series, Adam’s Story investigates the story of Pt. Adam Wakenshaw who died in battle during World War II. The film follows Pt. Wakenshaw’s grandson, Mark, as he investigates the death of the grandfather and hero he never knew.  Through this investigation the film uncovers the many lasting memories and effects left behind by the people’s war. Produced by Media19 for BBC North East and Cumbria.

 


Baltic Memories

Baltic Memories presents some of the personal, local memories of the Baltic Flour Mill. Employees from throughout the mill’s 31 year life remember the great grain silos and share their individual stories from the industrial of one of the North East’s favourite landmarks.

 

 


Under the Hammer

Just how do items go from a dusty corner shelf to being the prize item in the fast-paced auction room? Under the Hammer follows the process from discovering paintings, rare vases or toy cars through to the final sale and that possible record selling price.

 

 

 


Taratantara

In the summer of 1999 Anish Kapoor’s giant structure Taratantara became the first piece of artwork to exhibit in the new Baltic Centre for contemporary art.  The impressive structure that filled the void left by the remains of Baltic Flour Mill builing, was designed to mark the transition from the Baltic’s old life as a flour mill to its future as a centre for art. The film presents interviews with the artist explaining his vision and creation, and illustrated through stunning visual shots shows the demanding challenge that faced those turning this vision into a reality.

 


Catch 22

As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall seems to be making some progress on his crusade to stop the wasteful discarding of undersized fish caught in the North Sea, we thought it appropriate to show some of this film we made over 16 years ago. Not much has changed, as you can see.

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Funeral Rights

Funeral Rights explores the increasing popularity for alternative funerals. The film presents the rising trend to turn away from traditional and conventional ceremonies and investigates exactly what alternative choices are available and just why many, are now seeking the chance to take control of their own funeral and final goodbye.  

There are 7 short 4 minute clips to watch (click more) and in this first clip the contemporary option of a “return to nature” through a burial in a nature reserve or woodland is explained.  

 

 
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Remembering Slavery

Influenced by personal accounts from former slaves, this short film depicts a fictional account of the life of an African slave.  Through the eyes and voice of a relative the film presents the harrowing journey of an African slave, like so many captured and forced to leave his home,  and travel to his new enslaved life on a Caribbean plantation. Produced by Media19 for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

 


Facing the Music

Facing the Music investigates the allure of learning to play a musical instrument for all generations. Following the ambitious, young violinist Sophie as she prepares for her first orchestra lead performance, the film explores the hard work and dedication required to master a musical instrument along with the chores and triumphs that playing can bring.

 

 

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