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Writing Britain: Unbroken by Melissa Wuidart Phillips

Writing Britain: Unbroken by Melissa Wuidart Phillips
Written by Studio12 Leeds  29/07/2020

Written from the heart, Writing Britain is a short film initiative produced by Studio12 that creates a collection of films addressing people’s sense of place, and tackles current issues that they face. Written and performed by young people, with support and direction from professional film makers, Writing Britain aims to provide a platform for new talent to be screened. 

Unbroken - Melissa Wuidart Phillips from Studio12 on Vimeo.
Written from personal experiences, Melissa Wuidart Phillips immerses our viewers into the challenges of adapting to new experiences and celebrates the beauty in the smallest of details. The film provides a cinematic perspective on the uniqueness of the Asperger’s and celebrates the condition.

A powerful film which addresses preconceived ideas about Asperger’s in women. Developed over nine months with support from The Writing Squad.  Produced by Studio12 in association with Mojo Film and Blackbox Creative.
The film explores often neglected aspects of Asperger’s.  It invites the viewer to share the inner dialogue and sensory overwhelm usually hidden from the outside world.  The film shows some of the pain experienced while dealing with daily life, but also the quiet inner strength. “Asperger’s is greatly misunderstood.  The everyday challenges individuals face are vast: one of the greatest challenges is discrimination due to ignorance.  As a writer, I have a rare privilege to convey some of our experiences and hoped by writing Unbroken to help further understanding in the wider world.  Also to give other Aspies a feeling that, although we are each unique, we have shared experiences of the world and that we are not alone.”  Melissa Wuidart Phillips
For more information: https://studio12.org.uk/2020/07/14/unbroken/

More About Writing Britain
We look widely across region to give a voice to people with a story to tell. We seek out aspiring writers, artists, spoken word performers or filmmakers that work with professional film directors, poets and writing mentors - to ensure the film is true to the writer’s vision. The project highlights how investment in young people can result in new, informative, reflective and exceptional ideas for film. Writing Britain has been showcased through BBC3, International Film festivals and Channel4 Random Acts screenings. Writing Britain III is the most recent collection of films, released in 2020. To produce the films Studio12 reached out to the Leeds community and received heartfelt support - over 20 companies and individuals supported the project by giving their time for free or cost. As a production team we are overwhelmed by the support shown by the people in this great city, purely for the love of making film.

The project stems from a British Library initiative entitled ‘Writing Britain’ in 2012, involving cities as diverse as Belfast to Manchester and Glasgow to Birmingham. For the majority of young people involved, the project provided the first instance in which they had been asked to express themselves in writing, and to question their place within society. Many had been excluded from school, were long term unemployed, or had never been considered for an interview. Across the country different project facilitators commented that their participants felt like it was their first time their voice was being heard. In Leeds the writing took a different form. Studio12, a digital media initiative working through Leeds City Council partnered with Left Eye Blind, a film production company based in the city. As partners we decided that the young people’s writing should be put to film. Our revolution would be televised. 

To find out more about the Writing Britain project, or if you would like to get involved, please visit Studio12’s website: www.studio12.org.uk  
https://studio12.org.uk/writing-britain/

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