Justice4Windrush Film: ‘Why’

Creating this Justice4Windrush film has been an amazing journey for us. It’s also a testament to the power of film.

In 2012 the UK government introduced the Hostile Environment policy that saw over 16,700 British citizens from the Caribbean who arrived during the Windrush era mis-classified as immigrants without the legal right to remain in the UK. The fallout was huge and continues today – affecting not just the original immigrants, but also their descendants who have only ever known life in this country.

Our Justice4Windrush film started as a discussion between our MD, Steve Maud, actor Colin McFarlane, and Annie Lennox. From there, it grew to become a fully-fledged campaign concept brought together through film. We put the call out to celebrities and the Windrush community, bringing them all together for the first time in a show of solidarity designed to raise awareness and hold the UK government to account for the injustice experienced by victims of the Home Office’s Hostile Environment Policy.

The result is our film, which has gathered support from a list of contributors that includes some of the most prominent figures in music, theatre and the legal profession, in addition to Windrush activists who have long called for redress. Beyond this high-profile list of contributors, our film also saw us bring some of the most talented filmmakers in the UK get on board to add their skills.

Among the prominent voices brought together are Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Former Police SI Leroy Logan MBE, stars of film and screen such as Hannah Waddingham, Adrian Lester, Danny Sapani, Eddie Marsan and Jay Blades MBE, and a long list of musical icons such as Leee John, Jazmine Flowers, Don Letts, AJ Tracey, Hak Baker, Mega and Cashh, as well as many others.

In giving these stories the platform they deserve, this historic campaign shows how our films can bring people together, bridge divides and level the playing field.

Our Justice4Windrush film may be out there now, but the story is not over: the fight for justice continues.

To get a glimpse of how this film came together behind the scenes, watch our BTS film here.


Action Against Hunger: Rajasthan

Getting permission to film in India is never an easy task. Understandably, the authorities don’t like foreign organisations focusing exclusively on the need. But there is a huge need, especially when children are dying of starvation on a daily basis.

A fundraising bicycle ride across Rajasthan was a great opportunity for some famous UK chefs to see the need with their own eyes, and do something about it thanks to the help of Action Against Hunger. Presented by food writer and TV chef Gizzi Erskine, we follow the pack of riders as they visit clinics to get an understanding of the challenges that face millions of mothers and children in India.

Although we were denied permission to bring cameras in to the country, we used a local camera crew that we managed and produced, editing the footage back in the UK to produce this fundraising film.

The Nine Lakes Challenge

As part of our longstanding relationship with the BBC, we were brought on board to cover the legendary Nine Lakes Challenge. Taking place in one of the UK’s most beautiful regions – the Lake District – participants face a gruelling 38km bike ride, followed by a 12km hike around the nine lakes, all in 9 hours.

We filmed this single-day challenge in the Lake District as 60 Business Friends raised £100,000 for a good cause: BBC Children in Need.

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Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man – Life on Robben Island

Sometimes, we must draw hope from the most unlikely places. As part of his incredible 27-marathons-in-27-days challenge for Sport Relief, Eddie completed a marathon on Robben Island, where his hero Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

In this film, one of several daily updates for BBC3 tracing his journey, Eddie uses Mandela’s own words to describe the isolation and grinding routine of prison life. Yet, even in this bleak environment, the prisoner never gave up.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but triumph over fear,” Eddie narrates. Sharing one of the most poignant moments in Eddie’s epic journey, this film is also a moving tribute to the great man who inspired it.

From Mvezo (the birthplace of Nelson Mandela) to the finishing line in Pretoria, our team documented Eddie’s incredible journey every step of the way. Series Producer Steve Maud worked with Director of Photography Aaron Witchard to deliver daily content for BBC3’s new exclusively online channel on behalf of Lion TV.

Filming, editing and uploading over 100 short films in less than a month required absolute focus, logistical precision, and not a little stamina of our own. Eddie’s run captured the public’s imagination and raised more than £1 million for Sport Relief.

“Filming this day was an experience I’ll never forget,” says Steve. “It’s such an incredible story, we decided to use Mandela’s own words to capture that sense of history.”


Eddie Izzard Marathon Man: The Final Push

After more than 650 miles on the road, Eddie Izzard was on the final day of his epic 27-marathons-in-27-days challenge in support of Sport Relief.

From Mthatha (near Mvezo, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela) to the finishing line in Pretoria, we documented Eddie’s incredible journey every step of the way, ending with this film: “Eddie Izzard Marathon Man: The Final Push’.

Series Producer Steve Maud worked with Director of Photography Aaron Witchard to deliver daily content for BBC3’s new exclusively online channel on behalf of Lion TV.

Filming, editing and uploading over 100 short films in less than a month required absolute focus, logistical precision, and not a little stamina of our own. Over the course of the gruelling 27 days, Eddie’s run captured the public’s imagination across the UK and beyond, and in the process raised more than £1 million for Sport Relief.

Views of this film have reached over 32,000 plays on YouTube.


David Beckham & UNICEF

We’ve worked with David Beckham before but this time we were invited in to his house in Holland Park, with just an hour to get a full studio set up. As a UNICEF Ambassador the pieces to camera we filmed with David have since been used across broadcast and appeal films.