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Hamlett Films can help get your stories out into the world with Voices of Big Local.

Voices of Big Local is a project created by Local Trust in partnership with Hamlett Films.

Following a successful pilot, Hamlett Films offers storytelling training and mentoring for people taking part in a Big Local learning cluster or working with one of our support partners.

Local Trust is keen to hear how your learning experiences are inspiring you creatively. The idea is to share the knowledge you’re gaining through Big Local in stories that can be told in film, photographs, writing, podcasts, spoken word or anything else!

I like the idea of being able to tell a story in a format I was comfortable with

Suzanne, Whitley Bay Big Local

What’s expected of our Big Local partnership?

Unlike other support partners, Hamlett Films does not work with Big Local partnerships as a whole. Instead they will mentor an individual to help that person tell a story he or she cares about and which has motivated them to get more involved with Big Local.

For individuals taking part:

  • Put forward a story outline that you are passionate about telling. Your idea should be consistent with the priorities in your Big Local area plan and connect to your participation in a Big Local learning cluster or your partnership’s work with one of Local Trust’s support partners.
  • Complete the Expression of Interest form below and ensure it is supported by your Big Local partnership. You will then have an initial phone conversation with Hamlett Films to discuss your story idea and what’s involved.

For the Big Local partnership:

The Big Local partnership should expect very limited involvement in the project and has no say over the finished work.

  • Be supportive to the person taking part and understand that they are putting time into a new project and learning new skills.

We have loved working with individuals and learning about their areas and their stories. We’re looking forward to supporting more storytelling projects, and giving people the tools they need to share their creativity

Hamlett Films

More on Hamlett Films

In 2018 Hamlett Films piloted this offer with 4 people from Big Local areas who were taking part in learning clusters. They were:

  • Dadirai, who created a booklet telling the story of poor quality housing repairs in Welsh House Farm Big Local. 
  • Bill, the chair of Barrowcliff Big Local who made a short film about how selective licensing can be used to ensure landlords maintain standards in their properties.
  • Suzanne, the worker from Whitley Bay Big Local, who made a short film about how to secure a community space and provide affordable housing.
  • Becky, the worker from Revoe Big Local, who completed a photographic project called ‘People of Revoe’ on Instagram.

You can read about their experiences in this blog

Who will you be working with?

Julia Lemos Lima is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, having been commissioned by media outlets like the BBC and VH1, and institutions such as University College London and One World Media.

Julia started her career in Brazil at the largest TV network in Latin America – TV Globo – over ten years ago. After coming to London to take her Masters in Documentary Filmmaking at Goldsmiths College, Julia started working for Hamlett Films as a researcher. Some of the latest productions she has been involved were awarded the Learning on Screen Awards and two Gold Clarion Evcom Awards.

She provides filming, photography, and storytelling training to Big Local residents and has a wonderful time travelling around England and seeing for herself the interesting stories local communities have to tell.

How does it work?
How much does it cost?
How do I find out more and get this partnership started?
Submit an expression of interest