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Selected Productions

Official Selection, New York Independent Film Festival, 2015

 

Created as an experimental documentary, South Home Town, a "stunning and poetic" evocation of a port city without an identity, Southampton, known for transit and fugue rather than the people left behind. The short trailer demonstres the super slow motion style which forensically dissects the city streets.

 

Tony Steyger and Steve Hawley, Directors

South Home Town: Stranger Than Known (2015)

 

Winner, Best In-House Production at the Learning on Screen Awards 2014 and was in the Official Selection at the Ethnografilm Festival, Paris 2014.

 

The Last Taboo tells the stories of two remarkable Kenyan men helping their communities become open defecation free, tackling the killer dideases that follow from poor sanitation.

 

Firstly, Chief Charro takes his villagers through an extraordinary “triggering” process, collecting fresh faeces and shocking his rural community into change. In the slums of Nairobi, Mambo Dennis "makes s**t his business", bringing people together to demand change.

 

 

The Last Taboo (2014)

One of a series of films made in the 'video diary' style at Maverick Television for BBC's Comic Relief campaign. This abridged version, introduced by Robbie Coltrane, is the story of Michelle from Belfast, fighting her addiction to the drugs and alcohol fuelled rave scene of the 1990's. The documentary went on to win an RTS award for Best Documentary.

 

 

Comic Relief (1995)

There have been over two thousand invented languages, of which only a handful are still spoken in Britain. Using interviews with speakers of Ido, Esperanto, and Volapruk, and rare archive material, Language Lessons examines the history of the artificial language movement. The lessons take in Logopandecteision, Lips Kith, and the musical language Solresol, which can be whistled and sung as well as spoken.

 

Language Lessons, commissioned by Channel 4 and the Arts Council, explores the nature of language, and of our anglocentric linguistic culture. Held in the permanent collection at Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, this programme has been shown globally, another "hidden gem" according to Channel 4 at the time.

 

Tony Steyger and Steve Hawley, Directors

Language Lessons (1994)

 

 

 

 

Commissioned as part of the BBC's Teenage Diaries series, Between Two Worlds uses first person storytelling techniques to chart a year in the life of twelve year old Rachel, a new age traveller who spends her time on the road outside the school system.

 

 

Between Two Worlds (1992)

The first full length documentary about the Paralympics to be made for British television. Commissioned by Channel 4, the project led the way for the acceptance of disabled athletes in the mainstream. This was the last time the event was held separately to the Olympic Games and was known as the World Wheelchair Games.

 

Paralympics '84 was shot in and around Stoke Mandeville and narrated by athlete Adrian Metcalfe.

 

 

Paralympics '84 (1984)

This first collaboration with Steve Hawley, The Science Mix, an early 'scratch video' draws inspiration from Grandmaster Flash by mashing two tv commercials and speculates on the theme of science and modern life.

 

Tony Steyger and Steve Hawley, Directors

The Science Mix (1981)

Now something of a cult classic, this BBC Teenage Diary follows Chris Needham, a 17 year old aspiring rock star from Loughborough in his bid to make his mark on the world of heavy rock. The unflinching portrayal of adolescent life, In Bed with Chris Needham, has become a touchstone for disaffected teenagers everywhere, raging at the world. As Chris says, “All you fogies and old people may as well switch off now!”

 

 

In Bed With Chris Needham (1992)

 

 

Love Beyond Borders  (2019)

 

Made for BBC South, this documentary tells the story of the UK Pride national event held on the Isle of Wight during the hot summer of 2018.

 

The island is not known for its progressive outlook and Island Pride interweaves the staging of this event with stories from islanders, some afraid to declare their sexuality publically until now.

 

Island Pride  (2018)

 

Shot in Amsterdam and the UK, the

project began as a way of understanding my identity growing up with a Dutch father and English mother.

 

The film is about love and loss and covers a decade during which my mother died and the UK voted to leave Europe.

 

Available on Vimeo using the password,

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Familie

Early Channel 4, 1984 - 1986 (compilation)

Compilation of several full-length documentaries made for Channel 4, when the broadcaster rigoursly pursued its remit to represent new and unheard voices on television.

 

Interface Productions was largely staffed by people with disabilities who won commissions to make programmes with a new point of view. Jonathan Ross, amongst others, cut his teeth here as an interviewer.

 

 

A short documentary shot for the BBC on the Isle of Wight, telling the story of Rupert Brown, a drummer with the delibilating auditory condition. Rupert has developed a way of creating soundscapes on the island to lessen the effects of tinnitus for himself and others.

 

Rupert gathers everyday rural and urban sounds, embeds high pitched frequencies and voices, tailoring each musical piece specifically for his 'patients'.,

 

Shown on the BBC's Inside Out strand, this project helped launch the national Tinnitus Awareness Week and has been shared extensively.

 

Inside The World Of Tinnitus (2020)

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Filmed over three months, this documentary charts a series of sessions exploring the use of video with drama therapy, with a group of disabled adults at Montague House, a Day Centre in Brighton.

 

As the sessions unfold, small and moving transformations occur amongst those taking part; Edward who is usually silent, sees himself on video and spontaneously sings for the first time.

 

Whose Disability? was screened at Italy's Video Roma Video Festival, 1982.

 

Tony Steyger, Steve Hawley, Nicola Gibson

Whose Disability? (1981)