Film provides outlet for disabled children on Tyneside

Newcastle-based Arpeggio Films has teamed with Newcastle City Council and members of the city’s Parent Carer Forum to deliver a film-focused training programme for families affected by disability.

A Day in Our Life was charged with helping people understand more about the daily experiences of parents, carers and their families, and in doing so, improve awareness and understanding amongst professionals and the wider public.

A series of short films focusing on the participating families complemented the training programme. The films were made by Arpeggio Films in association with Northern Film & Media and worked collaboratively with parents, carers and young people from across Newcastle.

Part of the process involved giving the families a video camera to film their daily experiences. This user generated content was then edited with professionally shot footage to create the finished films.

“Working with the group was such a fantastic experience. Incorporating home video footage into the films gives them a very personal edge,” said Will Sadler, Arpeggio Films’ producer/director.

“The films aren’t in the slightest bit ‘preachy’, they are simply saying ‘these are the things we have to consider every day’ and are personal, funny and often very moving,” he added.

“We will deliver the training and screen the films as far and as wide as we can,” added Jane Woodhouse, a parent and forum member.

“This will initially be to Children’s Services staff - but we feel like there are so many people out there who would benefit from it, from bus drivers to shop workers; health professionals to leisure centre staff.” 

The films can be viewed here.


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