BBC Thee has announced that their Fresh strand will be returning as they showcase documentaries that have been produced by six new directors looking for a break into prime-time film making. The six documentaries will look at a range of topics and some of them will feature as part of the channel’s Disability Season.
Elliot Reed, the BBC commissioner of the strand says, ““BBC Three continues to be at the forefront of nurturing new talent both on and off the screen as these outstanding six films show. The Fresh initiative offers first-time directors a fantastic opportunity to make their first ever primetime one-hour documentary and gives them a voice to tell stories for a BBC Three audience. This year’s Fresh films will tell compelling, entertaining and emotionally charged stories about young people in extraordinary circumstances. I’m keen to build on the successes of previous years and expect that Fresh will again boost the careers of some talented directors.”
The Hidden Homeless comes from director Martin Reed who in the past as been forced to sleep on the streets. Martin’s film looks at who Britain’s young homeless really are and in particular he compares the homelessness in his hometown of Bristol to that of London where he find himself sleeping rough. The film explores both the pecking order on the streets and the bonds that are formed between those who are thrown together through circumstance.
Observational film Belts in Barry follows the life of up-and-coming boxer Lee Selby who experienced a life of adversity growing up on Barry Island. The documentary follows Lee as he prepares for a World Title fight which will almost certainly define his entire life.
The Ugly Face of Disabled Hate Crime centres around the life of Adam Pearson who suffers from Neurofibromatosis, a condition which has led to several non-cancerous tumours growing on his face. In the documentary, Adam reveals what life is like in his world in which people laugh at him, take photos of him when he’s not looking and even attempting to peel off his face as they believe it’s a mask. Adam feels that this sort of abuse should be treated in the same way as racism and wants to change the way in which the law deals with it.
Harry Potter star Tom Felton directs Meet the Fanatics in which he heads to Tulsa to attend film and TV cult festival Wizard World as well as appearing at Comic Con at Birmingham’s NEC. After attending these conventions for years as the star of a worldwide franchise, Tom now wants to explore why the fans flock to them on annual basis. Throughout the documentary he’ll attempt to understand why these young people become so attached to fantastical fiction and more importantly when does a fan become a fanatic
Epilepsy and Me explores what it’s like for young people who have a hidden disability which only manifests itself on certain occasions. This character-driven observational documentary includes exclusive access to a unique boarding school for youngsters suffering from the condition as it attempts to discover what life is like for those growing up with a hidden disability.
Finally, Don’t Stop me Now sees a burgeoning star from the disabled music scene attempt to crossover into the world of mainstream popular music.