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Haltwhistle Film Project

Inspiring People and Communities Through Film

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A very wide range of clients (a few listed here) has commissioned Haltwhistle Film Project – 15 years and still growing.   Talk to us about your idea…campaigning, celebrating, informing, promoting…


Made with Carlisle Mencap. Some of the changes which have happened for people with learning disabilities over the last 50 years in Cumbria


A short film about sexual exploitation of people with learning disabilities, made by Carlisle Mencap Independence Studio supported by Haltwhistle Film Project. What is sexual exploitation, and what do you do about it if it happens to you? The film was made because of concerns from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria that a disproportionate number of people with learning disabilities are sexually exploited, and that the crime is greatly underreported.

Two films we worked on with artist Julie Livsey:  Rimur (2017) is based on her work in Iceland in 2016; et-ERN-it-Y (2016) filmed as part of the Coanwood Meeting House Arts Project.

Who Dares – Cares  (Advocacy:  Inclusion North) Made in the wake of the Winterbourne View scandal

Skydancer – What next for hen harriers?  Made for the RSPB

Many Places – Many Faces (Cumbria Care)


HFP has made many Heritage films, and we are currently working on a large project about the oral history of the Paint Factory in Haltwhistle.  Last year we made this film about John Martin, a painter who hung out with the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of his day, the 1800s.

Campaigning and natural world films

Our Beautiful Bogs – Northumberland’s Peatland Secrets   (Northumberland National Park,) Peat Bogs are the rainforests of Northumberland.  HFP was asked to make this short film about the region’s most important natural feature.  We worked with the National Parks ecologist and local families to explain and promote this wonderful habitat. Winner 2010 Compeat Competition IUCN UK Peatland Programme.

The Future is Ours (Northumberland National Park, Transition Tynedale)   HFP commissioned Edwin Mingard, a documentary filmmaker now based in London to  make The Future is Ours. Edwin interviewed Lord Nicholas Stern, and many local climate change activists. The documentary examines the role of community in the fight against climate change. Should responsibility for reducing harmful emmissions lie with government, or is it the job of individuals, acting alone, to reduce oil consumption? The Future is Ours argues that community action is essential in averting devastating climate change. The film delivers a message that is relevant to communities everywhere.


Housesteads Roman Fort (English Heritage)  Haltwhistle Film Project worked with local people to both train them as filmmakers, and as interview subjects about their own World Heritage Site.  People from China, America and across Europe also feature.


HFP made this short promotional film for Hadrian’s Wall Fair Trade, who are establishing a Fair Trade corridor across England along the line of Hadrian’s Wall. George Alagiah was Fair Trade’s figurehead at the time and came to launch the initiative.

Give Us a Break was made for Cumbria Children’s Services to launch their new Short Break approach to respite care.


Commissions (part) Archive: 

This list aims to show the diversity of commissions HFP has had over the last 15 years.  If there is a particular area you are interested in which is not shown, please ask us about it

Sprogwatch A film about Geltsdale RSPB Reserve in Cumbria: owls, children, landscape Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (2010)
Hello Housesteads! Shows different visitor perceptions of this World Heritage Site through interviews, timelapse and animations. English Heritage (2009)
Give Us a Break Premiered at Theatre By The Lake in Kendal, film and performance showing young people’s aspirations from Mayfield Special School, Whitehaven. Working with Prism Arts. Film used across whole authority as part of Short Breaks Agenda. Cumbria County Council (2009)
Footfalls Echo @ Belsay Dance at Northumberland’s Belsay Hall and Gardens. Film of Performance and of Production by choreographer Tim Rubidge. Arts Council North East (2008)
Wansbeck Young Filmmakers HFP was commissioned to run Wansbeck Young Filmmakers (2007-8) A two-year project which created 18 films with 13 organisations across Wansbeck. Wansbeck Initiative (2008)
Anthem for Northumberland 22 Films made by young people celebrating Northumberland; HFP was commissioned to make 3 of the films, plus the title sequence and aerial footage. Creative Partnerships (2006)
Parent Support Partners Celebrating the many roles and achievements of 21 Parent Support Partners and some of their clients. Northumberland County Council (2008)
Baby-led Feeding DVD about weaning made for every health visitor in Northumberland. Northumberland NHS Care Trust (2007)
Doctors Training Clips Community medicine scenarios for doctors in training. NHS (2008)
Tales of the Burn Short films made by young people, inspired by the local landmark, Haltwhistle Burn. Local Heritage Initiative (2006)
Making a Difference Young People Participation Project – Wansbeck. Ears2U, Bedlington (2006)
Come and Join Us Support for parents starting to use this service. Parenting Initiative Northumberland (2006)
Selefest Annual skate and band fest in Hexham. Used as training programme for Young People by HFP in documentary filmmaking. Tynedale Council (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Links Housing issues for the young homeless. Links Housing Advice and Support for Young People (2006)
ISSP Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme for Young Offenders (ISSP) (tagging) Training film for Cumbrian launch. Youth Justice Board (2006)
Why Turn Up? Promotional film for Victim Support Newcastle and Ashington to encourage victims to engage with restorative Justice Scheme. Youth Offending Service, Northumberland (2006)
Exercisability Armchair excercises for the mobility-impaired. A.D.A.P.T./Sports Council (2006)
Stepping Up Parent Action Group – Celebrating Achievements in Carlisle. Sure Start Carlisle (2005)
Haltwhistle Pride Local Buisiness Achievements. Haltwhistle Partnership (2005)
John Martin Celebrations The story of the great Victorian artist told through contemporary celebrations, in his Haydon Bridge birthplace, of the 150th anniversary of his death. Local Heritage Initiative funded (2005)