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Thu 21 Nov 2019
10:00 - 11:55
Brewery Arts Centre, 122A Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE, England
Documenting two years in the life of Harry, a charismatic, working class eleven-year-old struggling to adjust to secondary education. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's directors.
This screening is supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Ed Owles and Jamie Taylor are the co-directors of H is for Harry.
Ed has shot & directed films across the globe for the last 10 years for broadcast, festival & online. His first feature documentary screened at festivals around the world, was broadcast on Al-Jazeera, and was described by The Hollywood Reporter as "tremendously vivid & expertly entertaining". He is the co-founder of award-winning production company
Jaime left a career in teaching in 2009 to make documentaries & co-found Postcode Films with Ed. She has also worked as a development producer with the BBC & Producer with Century Films on the Bafta nominated, RTS and double Grierson winning ‘The Secret History of Our Streets'. She worked for 4 years across both series of the critically acclaimed documentary, described in the Guardian as "wonderful...it prodded your brain awake as it broke your heart."Book now
H is for Harry
‘H is for Harry’ is a timely documentary which primarily follows the young students of Reach Academy, in the London borough of Hounslow, as they navigate their tumultuous first two years of high school. The film’s focus and title character, Harry, is a confident and charming boy of 11 who arrives at the school unable to read or write and the film gently parses out the systematic reasons for his academic struggles, including his relationship with his father who is also illiterate. His journey, along with the sustained efforts of the incredibly dedicated teachers at the school, highlight the ever-increasing gulf between the 4.1 million children living in poverty and an education system that is not suited to their needs.
mouthed strong language and moderate drug references
Jaime Taylor, Edward Owles
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