My response to the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic was to get creative with a bit of lateral thinking and carry on! RFP were right in the middle of planning some great promotional film projects for MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health), but the lock down struck and all the restrictions that went with it, meaning we obviously couldn’t go to MASH and shoot their videos after all; but we also couldn’t just give up, so we changed the focus, tweaked the method and got back to work. Read more
Barnabus are a fabulous charity providing vital support for homeless people on the streets of Manchester. The work they do is essential, inspiring, rewarding and challenging; an absolute lifeline to the many people they support in Manchester. However, this current climate is not only difficult for profit making businesses to exist in, but also for not-for-profits. With the never-ending struggle to make finances stretch to fit the gap charities fill for the government, charities need to remain both money-wise and appealing. Read more
In 2011 the BBC produced a documentary entitled Britain in a Day based on Life in a Day, a film produced by Ridley Scott the previous year made entirely of clips uploaded to YouTube. 80,000 people from around the world submitted short clips of their day, wherever they were, doing whatever was their daily life. Similarly, the BBC project Britain in a Day aimed to capture an authentic and broad-reaching snapshot of modern Britain. The 90-minute documentary was broadcast on the BBC in May of 2011 following multiple workshops nationwide with volunteers willing to share their day. It was regarding the Manchester preparatory workshops that Real Film Productions became involved in this striking project.
ASA films has brought Kurdish cinema to Manchester via the Manchester Kurdish Film Festival (MKFF) and for 6 years, the aim is to enable Kurdish filmmakers to exhibit their work in ‘foreign territories’, such as Great Britain, additionally to offer Manchester people a wider cultural experience of cinema.
Glitterfish Productions is an arts based organisation focusing on using art to inspire, support and encourage both young and older people from all walks of life, focusing on social issues and inclusion for all. Their projects surround a variety of art forms including video and film, mosaic, painting, photography and so on. On this particular production Real Film Productions became involved to guide, train and support young people involved in developing this ‘real film’ exploring the introduction of identity cards and what this may mean for them and their peers.
The Workers Film Association (WFA) offered support, training and resources to filmmakers, they also acted as producers to one of our very early documentaries Refugee Exodus To The North West. This documentary delved into the lives of refugees in Manchester, asking what their experiences were of merging into a new community that wasn’t necessarily very welcoming. This is a hot topic for RFP and one we feel very strongly meets our aims and goals of featuring social and inclusion issues.
The Brinnington Lantern Festival run by Stockport Council is a fabulous annual community event, incorporating community led and run lantern making workshops, with a finale of a spectacular nighttime lantern parade. Real Film Productions was contracted by Stockport Council to capture the event’s 10th anniversary on film. Read more