We’re delighted to announce that Producer Director Caroline Deeds is the first of our Media Parents GEITF Back to Work Scheme winners. Caroline will be sponsored by Wall to Wall, and mentored by Wall to Wall MD Richard Thomson.
Caroline Deeds, PD
Caroline has a background as a fine artist, she trained at The Glasgow School of Art, and Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, her work was concerned with performance and installation art. After directing her first 50 minute doc ‘REGGAE GIRLS’ for Channel 4, Caroline studied at the NFTS in Documentary Direction.
Caroline directed ‘WALKING BACKWARDS’, which screened at international festivals and won prizes including the Timberland prize at The Milan, African Asian and Latin American Film Festival. She has developed and made films engaged with outsiders and people on the edges of society, including women banished to witch camps in Northern Ghana, prison communities in the UK in ‘STORY BOOK DADS’ for Channel 4, and recovering mental health patients. Caroline has been working on a long term collaboration with mental health service users making films about their experiences of living with schizophrenia. She is inspired by stories of isolated people who against the odds, refuse to lose sight of their dreams.
Caroline has collaborated with and made several films with a number of Turner Prize winning artists, including Antony Gormley with ‘WASTEMAN’ for Channel 4, Chris Ofili ‘EXPLODING THE CRYSTAL’ for Tate Media, and most recently with Jeremy Deller in his film ‘SACRILEGE’, at the British Pavillion ‘English Magic’ for the 55th Venice Biennale. Caroline is developing an exciting slate of new films. ‘MY HOME, MY SCHOOL’: In the 1970’s her mother built a school in Northern Nigeria. Her desire was to create a loving learning environment for all. Now Boko Haram threatens this vision. The film follows her mother’s dilemma; to continue to teach in the face of terrorist threats or close down the school and jeopardise the future for the children. ‘…A TIME TO SPEAK’, about a transgender man who works as a Jewish chaplain. The film follows him through his transition and the impact on the relationships around him as he grapples with acceptance from his community.
Inspired by the potential of new media, Caroline is developing trans-media (multiplatform) projects for the first time. “I am inspired by the idea that the traditional idea of broadcasting is changing, making way for new models of communicating to new audiences. The challenge is, how to use trans-media to enhance the story experience for a potential audience in a meaningful way”.
Caroline currently teaches part time at The MET Film School in London and is a visiting tutor at The NFTS. http://www.mediaparents.co.uk/freelancers/3289/caroline-deeds
Richard Thomson, MD & Mentor, Wall to Wall
Richard Thomson was appointed Managing Director of Wall to Wall in March 2011. Overseeing the company’s operations, Richard is responsible for maximising the exploitation of all IP rights from programme and format sales, putting together co-production funding and deficit financing, exploring new media and other ancillary and merchandising opportunities and ensuring Wall to Wall continues to deliver ground breaking and outstanding programming to all major broadcasters in the UK and abroad.
Wall to Wall is one of the UK’s leading production companies and for over 20 years the Warner Brothers owned indie has been supplying broadcasters around the world with ground-breaking, award-winning high quality television content across many genres.
Thank you to Wall to Wall MD Richard Thomson, and Wall to Wall Head of Talent Susie Worster for supporting the scheme.