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Selected Productions

Official Selection, New York Independent Film Festival, 2015

 

A trailer for the 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.

 

Tony Steyger and Steve Hawley, Directors

South Home Town: Stranger Than Known (2015)

 

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

 

The Last Taboo tells the stories of two remarkable Kenyan men helping their communities become open defecation free to tackle sanitation challenges. Chief Charro takes his villagers through an extraordinary “triggering” process, collecting fresh faeces and shocking his community into change. In 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 the BBC's Comic Relief campaign. This abridged version is the story of Michelle from Belfast, fighting her addiction to drugs and alcohol, and which went on to win an RTS award.

 

 

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 of England, uses humour and irony to explore the nature of language, and of our anglocentric linguistic culture. Held in the permanent collection at Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, the programme has been shown extensively around the world.

 

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 held in the UK in 1984. Commissioned by Channel 4, the film 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.

 

 

Paralympics '84 (1984)

The first collaboration with Steve Hawley, this 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 a cult classic, this BBC Teenage Diary follows Chris Needham, a 17 year old aspiring rock star from Loughborough. It 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)

 

Telling the story of the 2018 UK Pride national event held on the Isle of Wight.

 

The island is not known for its progressive outlook and the documentary charts the staging of this event interwoven with testimonies from islanders, some afraid to declare their sexuality until now.

 

Island Pride  (2018)

 

Part-love story, part-autobiography, the

project started in 2009 to discover the nature of identity growing up with a Dutch father and English mother. It was shot in Amsterdam, Wolverhampton and Stockport.

 

"With the death of my mother in 2013 this personal reflection refocussed to combine the

universal themes of loss, identity and belonging".

 

Available on Vimeo using the password,

Love Beyond Borders  Click here.

 

Familie

Early Channel 4, 1984 - 1986 (compilation)

Compilation of various full-length documentaries made for Channel 4, when the broadcaster rigoriusly pursued its remit to represent new 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.