The grit behind the glamour

There are countless stories of people with successful careers who’ve had their world turned upside down by illness or a stroke of bad luck. Our support can be a lifeline in your moment of need – or simply open a door.

Shelly Love
Your award has enabled me to make a film and attend essential meetings. You are such a vital resource within the industry. Thank you.
Shelly Love, Filmmaker

When Northern Ireland-based filmmaker Shelly Love had the opportunity to make her first feature film, she was a single mum with a new baby. With no savings to cover childcare, she was in a difficult situation. Fortunately, Shelly got in touch with us. We were able to help cover childcare costs during production and also help with travel expenses.

Shelly’s feature debut A BUMP ALONG THE WAY screened in Toronto and opened in Ireland in October. The film has been nominated for a Raindance Discovery Award, a category supporting those who defy the word ‘impossible’.

Not only was my award an enormous confidence boost in an industry so full of rejection, the extra funds enabled me to continue pitching my projects.
Kim Tserkezie, Actor, writer and producer

Actress, writer, presenter and producer, Kim Tserkezie, has had a successful career that challenges perceptions of disability. As a child, Kim was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair.

Kim has appeared in BAFTA award-winning BALAMORY (CBBC), WOLFBLOOD (CBBC) and BBC comedy BOY MEETS GIRL. When the audition offers began to narrow, she decided to tackle the problem and set up her own production company, Scattered Pictures, with diversity and accessibility at its core. Kim was awarded a John Brabourne Award in 2015 to help with travel costs, which advanced her projects, and she has since gone from strength to strength.

The results of the activities the charity supported have been beyond my wildest dreams - attending that course has been life changing for me.
Zahra Zomorrodian, A course that changed a life

Zahra ran her own production company in Newcastle for 15 years, making low-budget films and corporate videos. When the economic downturn led to a significant drop in income, she spoke to us.

We helped Zahra to attend a workshop in London that changed the course of her career. After talking about her passion for football with another attendee, she came up with an idea for a documentary feature, following the fortunes of Newcastle United through the eyes of its fans. The film We are the Geordies is now in post-production and Zahra is hoping to secure a distributor.

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