It was a pleasure to work with CHIVA (Childrens HIV Association) again and to have the opportunity to help a group of about 10 young adults to tell their stories of living with HIV through music, dance and drama. Their creativity in writing song lyrics, improvising scripts, and choreographing dance is impressive and their stories are powerful. It is always humbling to witness their talent and bravery in sharing them.
Category Archives: CHIVA
April 21 2020 – Life Growing Up wins at Charity Film Awards
Life Growing Up won best film in the Long Form under £5m category at the Charity Film Awards from a shortlist of 18 films. It was a surreal affair as the whole ceremony was broadcast live on Youtube during lockdown and we were watching at home, but big celebrations here when we won! Credit to all the amazing young people who shared their stories with us. Their courage has changed the way people think and feel about young people born with HIV. We couldn’t have made the film without their stories.
April 2020 – Finalists in Charity Film Awards
We are delighted to announce that we have just heard that we are finalists in the charity film awards for our film “Life Growing Up” – the true stories of young people in the Uk growing up with HIV. Please vote for us here… there is still time! And tune in to watch the Live digital broadcast of the virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday 21st April at 7pm by going the Charity Film Awards website.
March 4th – Performance at Parliament
Live performance of Life Growing Up for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV and AIDS, and the APPG on Mental Health. What an amazing journey to be presenting this story here…. now over to the policy makers….
January 2020 – shortlisted for Charity Film Awards
We are so excited to announce that Life Growing Up, our film about the stories of young people growing up with HIV, has been shortlisted for the Charity Film Awards. The second stage of voting starts now, so please add your vote here.
December 2019 – Life Growing Up Screens at GHFF
Great to watch Life Growing Up Screened at the Global Health Film Festival with co-writer Danny Scheinmann and producer Tamsin Herbert, and was honoured to be part of a panel discussion following the screening.
October 2019 – Global Health Film Festival Selection
We are excited to announce that our film Life Growing Up made for UK children’s HIV charity CHIVA, has been selected for the 2019 Global Health Film Festival. It will take place on Friday 06 and Saturday 07 December, in Bloomsbury, central London, bringing together 500 health advocates, filmmakers, journalists and the public for discussion and debate in all areas of global health.
June 2019 – NHIVNA conference Manchester
March 2019 – CHIVA conference
Emotional responses to todays performance of Life Growing Up at the CHIVA annual families conference. Thank you again to the yong people who shared their stories and to our brilliant performers, Jack James Ryan, Maia Watkins, Alistair Nwachuwku, Anneka Gouldbourne, Fejiro Emasiobi and musician Aga Serugo Lugo.
“Every time I watch Life Growing Up it gives me goosebumps…”
1st December 2018 -Film launch of Life Growing Up
I have been working for many months on this very moving short film Life Growing Up and it launches today for World AIDS Day 2018 . Based on the true stories of young people in the UK born with HIV and developed from a live spoken word/ storytelling performance, it was commissioned by the Children’s HIV Association, CHIVA.