Meet Poet and New Creative, Tom Stockley

Tom Stockley is an artist, poet, community activist and one of our Round Two New Creatives. As part of the scheme he created an audio piece, The New Wild West, which examines the forgotten history of Knowle West and the local heroes fighting for its future.

We interviewed Tom to shed light on what it’s like being a part of the BBC New Creatives scheme. Keep scrolling to learn more.

How did you get onto the New Creatives programme? 

I’ve been making audio work in different forms for a while so when I saw this programme that had a framework of support and a brief to clarify some of my ideas, both creative and socio-political, it seemed like a good match. I’m glad they thought so too, that doesn’t always happen.

What was the programme like? 

I’m used to either working on my practice freely or delivering fairly short, sharp commissions. So to be working within a fairly long term process of workshopping, shaping ideas and a piece being slowly sculpted from many angles was a good process for me. It felt a bit like school again, although not in a bad way.

What was the mentoring process like? 

My mentor was Bristol-based poet, writer and producer Rob Mitchell. The whole process was super personal. It felt really well matched and it was massively validating to have someone who could offer encouragement, critique and understanding of my process. It was a big job to do, chasing after my neurotic twists and turns over pints and meeting rooms, but they did a good job.

What did you take away from the experience?

I now have a less cavalier attitude towards creating larger scale works and a more realistic idea of the project management and collaborative side of things. I’m trying to maintain that punk spirit which is important to me as an artist, but learn how to dress that up to make work for bigger platforms. Like a trojan horse of socialist-leaning creativity.

Has the New Creatives scheme helped you further your career? 

There’s certainly some buzzwords that help on my creative CV. ‘Audio production for the BBC’ will probably wet some whistles. But it’s also helped me clarify what kind of work I want to make and how I want to make it.

What message would you have for others considering a scheme like this?

Do it! But be very clear about your ideas and values and don’t waver too much. Listen to the advice and the experience of others, but ultimately only you know what you want to say and how you want to say it. You are the artist and contrary to how it might feel, the world needs more of those.

Find out more about Toms work at: www.tomstockley/weebly.com

Twitter and Instagram: @tstheidiot

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tstheidiot


New Creatives: Behind the scenes of ‘BREADLINE’ by Helena Middleton

Join Helena Middleton behind the scenes of BREADLINE: a dance/movement film about food poverty.  Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, many people struggle to afford food. Set in a young couples kitchen, BREADLINE uses dance and movement as a new way of shining light on this urgent issue.

Helena is a Bristol based film and theatre director. She makes collaborative, devised theatre and bold, intimate films about 21st century living. Find out more about her work at helenamiddleton.co.uk.

Director: Helena Middleton

Performers: Christoper Harrisson and Hanora Kamen

Cinematography: Simon Whitehead

Choreography: Dan Canham at Still House

Production Design: Tanya Stephenson

Behind the Scenes stills: Marta Vitiello

Producer: Sophie Freeman


Meet Our Fourth and Final Round of New Creatives!

We are delighted to announce the commissions for the fourth – and currently final – round of New Creatives! We are supporting 21 artists from across the South West – reaching as far as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight – to make their audio, film and interactive projects a reality. We will be working alongside Screen Cornwall, Kaleider, Create Studios and Artful Scribe.

The interactive commissions will be supported by Kaleider, alongside CTS and our interactive partners BBC R&D, Watershed and the South West Creative Technology Network.  There will be an exciting digital showcase in 2021 – keep an eye on our socials for more info.

The level of originality and creativity in round four is unprecedented. Watch this space for powerful and fresh perspectives on the housing crisis, domestic violence, grief, the NHS, ghost stories and much, much more.

Click on the profiles below to find out more about each New Creative and their project. 


New Creatives: ‘Bitch’ by Lowri Roberts

Lowri Roberts is a Producer at Calling the Shots and one of our BBC Arts round two New Creatives. Her film, ‘Bitch’ is now available to watch on iPlayer.

Bitch is a short documentary delving into the appropriation of words and the empowerment of reclamation through the opinions of rapper, Nadia Rose, and rock band, Dream Wife, along with an analysis of the word from a linguistics expert.

Lowri is a filmmaker from North Wales, now based in Bristol. She has written and directed several short films, ‘Chick Flick’, which was made through the Channel 4 Random Acts scheme and ‘Girl’ which screened at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018. Her aim is to make work that tackles social and environmental issues.

Lowri Roberts – New Creative Artist

James Murphy, Meg Purnell-Carpenter, Nadia Rose, Dream Wife – Interviewees

Laura Jayne-Hodkin, Harry Wyld – Animators

Molly Denton – Creative Producer

 


New Creatives: Behind the scenes of ‘Fruity’ by Anna

Filming and recording with our Round Three New Creatives is well underway and the stories coming to life are incredible.

Last week saw Anna Mouzouri shoot her film, ‘Fruity: a no-dialogue coming of age short comedy about a lonely lesbian plagued with intrusive thoughts of fruit whenever she attempts to masturbate. ‘Fruity’ is a tale of female empowerment and sexual prowess. 

A third-year film student, Anna  has directed three short films, with her last documentary being nominated at the Royal Television Society’s Student Awards. Take a peek behind the scenes of her latest creation, below. 


New Creatives: Come to a Roadshow and find out more!

Calling all budding South West based artists – the fourth and final round of the BBC New Creatives scheme is open for applications.

Commissioned film, audio and interactive ideas will get funding, exposure on the BBC and mentoring from industry experts.

If you want to find out more about the opportunity and ask some questions, attend one of our 45 minute online Roadshow events.

Click a date to book:

30th June 3pm

NEW! 1st July 10am  (BBC Interactive Workshop)

8th July 11am


 

 

New Creatives: Book a One-to One for advice & support

Calling all budding South West based artists – the fourth and final round of the BBC New Creatives scheme is open for applications.

Commissioned film, audio and interactive ideas will get funding, exposure on the BBC and mentoring from industry experts.

If you have an idea for a film, audio or interactive project, book a 1 to 1 session with one of our producers, they’ll provide expert advice on how to make your idea pitch-ready.

Click here to book your slot (FILM AND AUDIO)

Click here to book your slot (INTERACTIVE)