Category Archives: HIV Life Growing Up

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.

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.

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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.

4th October 2018 – Performance at BHIVA

The live performance of Life Growing Up at BHIVA (British HIV Association) Annual conference, shows how powerful it is to present stories in this way.

“This is one of the most powerful, wonderful pieces of theatre I have seen all year”  “Everyone must see this”  “Congratulations” “This performance has barely started and i’m in tears… wonderful” ” What a beautiful and moving peformance” “Said it like it is – got deserved standing ovation for powerful portrayal of how it is to be born HIV+”

We have more performances planned in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and London.