Justice4Windrush: Trailer

Bringing people together to raise awareness around the injustice experienced by victims of the Windrush Scandal has been a deeply moving project, and one close to our hearts.

What began as a conversation between our MD, Steve Maud, actor Colin MacFarlane and long-time collaborator Annie Lennox became Justice4Windrush – a campaign whose time had come.

Our idea was to bring the great and the good from the music industry, theatre, film and the law profession together, to get the message out there to as many people as possible.

The Windrush scandal has affected so many that we received a wonderful response – and importantly, we were also able to connect with the many people whose lives have been directly, and disastrously, impacted. This allowed us to get a representative spread of victims of the injustice assembled into one place at one time, to share their story.

Thanks go out to all who’ve supported and contributed to telling this important story.


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.


Hammersmith & Fulham: Investing In Climate Resilience

Hammersmith & Fulham Council in London has the ambitious target of creating a carbon net zero borough by 2030 by enabling the local community to take climate action together.

When they asked us to help them gather support for their ‘climate bond’ project – their new financial initiative – we stepped up with enthusiasm. This is a project close to our hearts: it aligns with our values and beliefs about the planet, and many of our team members live in the borough.

This new investment opportunity allows the local community to fund climate and ecological projects in Hammersmith & Fulham. By aiming to raise up to £5 million over the next few years, this is the most ambitious target ever set by a local authority. It will allow local groups, residents and businesses – as well as external investors – an opportunity to make a direct impact in their community, help the borough council reduce carbon emissions and, all the while, earn a fixed return on their low-risk investment. It’s a win-win-win, and one we’re proud to be involved with.

To show our commitment to the cause, we endeavoured to track and reduce our emissions at each stage of the production, using the Ad Green Calculator.

Through our efforts of travelling by bike, using an e-cargo bike for travelling shots, eating veggie meals on set, and powering our office with certified renewable energy, our footprint amounted to 0.018t CO2e … a fraction of the industry average!

As of 7th February, the first round of funding for Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Green Investment fund closed ahead of schedule, as it reached its target of raising £1million for green infrastructure projects. Congrats to all at the Council – we’re thrilled that such a great initiative has generated so much interest, and that our film has played a central role in helping raise awareness, and funding.

Our films now play a key role in the commencement of the second round of funding, which kicked off on March 4th.

To find out more about how we achieved this low-emissions film shoot, read our Sustainable Film Production article.


ALMA Rwanda: Integrated Scorecard

Our longstanding client the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) introduced its scorecard system in Rwanda in 2017, to help tackling the challenge of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that was burdening the country.

Having obtained encouraging results, the charity decided to produce a short film to encourage key decision makers in other African countries to adopt the scorecard.

ALMA had obtained hours of interview and b-roll rushes that were locally shot, and asked us to use our narrative and editing skills to produce this 3-5 minute long film.


Diagnosis At Your Fingertips

A locally shot film, told by locals, for the wider world and putting the focus on how developments in technology now put diagnosis at your fingertips.  

Innovation is fundamental to achieving elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases and FIND wanted the drivers of this important project to tell their own story. 

With travel restrictions in place we went to our trusted and incredibly hardworking contact, cameraman George Muiruri, who followed a day in the life with the team running this prototype test for schistosomiasis in Kwale, Kenya.

This is a good illustration of how we apply our approach of working with local film crew to make the most of their expertise and knowledge, whilst reducing the environmental footprint that film production has historically been associated with.

 


Normalise: Behind the Scenes

When we got the call to make a film about normalising testing for COVID-19 around the world, we leapt to the challenge.

Storyboarding, working with three filming crews (including actors, locations, costume etc..) in India, Estonia and Kenya, the result is ‘Normalise: Behind The Scenes’, which we filmed using a series of sequences to highlight what lives could be like if we all knew our status at any given moment in the day.


Love & Loyalty with Rankin

One of a series of films that we conceived, shot and edited, as part of a global campaign to launch Marriott‘s loyalty programme Bonvoy.

We had the pleasure of making 5 behind the scenes films (2 in the UK, 1 in Budapest, 2 in Istanbul), documenting photographer Rankin as he captured a variety of the good and the great who have seen love blossom thanks to Marriott’s luxury hotels.

Across the campaign there were 183 million opportunities created to see our material.