‘da’ Young Fathers’ Project



As part of our on-going nationwide project, Campaign Trail – working to give a voice to young parents – Media19 travelled to Coleraine, North Ireland to work with ‘da’ Young Fathers’ Project from Derry.

Living in Derry has had its impact on the lives of young people and through Campaign Trail, this group of fathers are using digital media to create posters and films that talk about how they feel, the challenges they face, legacies they’ve inherited and the legacy they hope to leave their own children as ‘Dads’.

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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.


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.

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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.


Campaign Trail

Campaign Trail UK is a nationwide multi-media project supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation that enables young parents – young mums and young dads – to speak out about their lives and the challenges they face – who they are, how they feel and the issues that matter to them.

With support from experienced media producers, a series of creative workshops enable the participants to develop their skills in using digital photography, film, video archive, research and written texts to produce imaginative digital content for their peer to peer education projects, public awareness and community campaigns, for others to learn from.

Their powerful and moving images, produced as posters, video and digital content are used within education, public exhibition, health, online, broadcast and community settings to influence and inspire their peers to make informed parenting, sexual health and relationship choices. More »

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.





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 building, 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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