2019 was a year to remember here at Hamlett Films. With innovative approaches to education and creative filmmaking continuing to be at the heart of what we do.
We’re thrilled to be a part of the Welsh Government’s trailblazing reformation of the education system. In the autumn work began on 72 new films to inspire a new generation of teachers from diverse backgrounds. Headed up by award winning director Elin Moe, the project heralds truly life changing progress for Welsh Students. The series was commissioned by and is a product of our ongoing relationship with the excellent Open University. Other 2019 projects included The Language of Lying and The History of Cotton, two more examples of complex ideas crafted into engaging narratives.
2019 brought with it a new client in the shape of BBC Bitesize. It’s been a delight and we can’t wait to share it with you! Other inspirational clients of the last year included The Craftory, a totally cutting edge investment house; our films gained a mind blowing 36,000 views in the first couple of weeks, far outperforming expectations.
We were honoured to gain industry recognition, most profoundly two Clarion Gold Awards for our documentary ‘Grenfell Tower and Social Murder’. Campaigner Yvette Hawyer said,
‘We dedicate this award to [the victims] and their families. With the continuing support of organisations like the Open University and Hamlett Films, the impact of the Grenfell Fire will never be forgotten.’
Further laurels included Bronze EVCom award for Best Education Film, and official selection for several festivals including The British Documentary Film Festival, at which we also won the Life Changing Achievement Award, Fastnet Festival and the St Albans Film Festival.
2020 is set to continue full steam ahead. We’re building our mentoring programme with the charity Local Trust, bringing 12 more mentees on board in the upcoming months, giving them the media production skills to tell their stories. And on the business side, stay with us to see what 2020 has in store at the intersection of education and filmmaking.