Northern Docs BBC Three Shorts Scheme Film - Chicken Man by Danielle Giddins

Northern Docs Films Launch on BBC Three

We’re very excited to announce that the films created through our BBC pilot project will launch on BBC Three this week. The films will appear on iPlayer from 10 am and YouTube from 12.00 on Friday 16th August.

At the end of last year, Northern Docs partnered with the BBC Factual team and BBC 3 to deliver a pilot talent development scheme for budding doc makers based in the region. An open call for ideas led to a pitch workshop in Newcastle from which films by Manchester-based Hannah Blackwell and Newcastle- based Danielle Giddins were selected.

The organisation partnered with the BBC Factual team and BBC Three to deliver a pilot talent development scheme for budding doc makers based in the region. An open call for ideas led to a pitch workshop in Newcastle from which films by Manchester-based Hannah Blackwell and Newcastle- based Danielle Giddins were selected.

Car Girls, by Hannah, tells the story of young women in Northern England who have found a sense of belonging in the modified car scene. Subverting gender stereotypes, the film follows Georgia and Jen in the build-up to one of the North’s biggest car events of the year.

Danielle’s Chicken Man tells the story of Thomas, a young man whose greatest passion is breeding fancy fowl that can compete as best of breed at poultry events across the country.

There has been wide acknowledgement of the under-representation of Northern voices within the documentary sector. Modelled on the highly successful Scottish Documentary Institute, Northern Docs is designed to help address the problem: facilitating creative expression and allowing Northern voices to speak, report and interpret the world for local, national and global audiences.

In addition to the backing of the BBC, the scheme was generously supported by Dock 10 at Media City UK as well as the University of Bolton, where Northern Docs is based. 

The initiative was developed by Manchester filmmaker Mike Todd who has been an active advocate for greater support for doc filmmakers in the North. Todd stated that:

“We’re really pleased to see these films being successfully launched this week. For us, this is just the beginning, with the BBC’s stated commitment to further increasing output in the North and the move of C4 to Leeds, we really want to build on our relationships with the public service broadcasters to support this diversity agenda – ensure that there is accurate and authentic representation of Northern voices.”

Nasfim Haque, Commissioning Editor for BBC 3 who worked on the scheme stated:

I’m really excited to see the work of new directing talent on BBC Three. It has been a great learning curve for Hannah and Danielle and  it’s what the channel is about. We look forward to seeing them grow in the future”

And already there are further opportunities on the horizon, with Hannah Blackwell, following her participation in the scheme, being selected as ‘Ones to Watch’ at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival.