'Still Life' wins Best Documentary 2018

13 Mar 2018 in Into Film Awards

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'Still Life' wins Best Documentary 2018

Congratulations to Tyneside Cinema, intu, and filmmakers Amy, Rowan, Rebecca and Freya from Northumberland, whose moving film Still Life - based on the social photography of Tish Murtha - has won Best Documentary (sponsored by Paramount Pictures) at the Into Film Awards 2018. The Award was presented by actor, writer and director Craig Roberts (Submarine) and actor Susan Wokoma (Half of a Yellow Sun).

Still Life uses Murtha's evocative photographs, taken during the late 1970s and early '80s in the Eastwick area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, as the basis of a fascinating documentary which catches up with people captured in these iconic images. Delving into the unique world of the North East of England, the film - like the photographs before them - looks at the social deprivation of the area, but also hints at the vibrancy and unmistakable essence of the people that live there. The filmmakers also capture contemporary images of the area that demonstrate how much - and how little - has changed since Murtha's original project.

"The struggles of our region in just recent history are often forgotten", said 17-year-old filmmaker Amy. "We are honoured to be able to shine a light on the hardships of the people of the West-End of Newcastle and exhibit the work of Tish Murtha, an extraordinary female photographer whose work defied the gender roles imposed on her. This opportunity and chance to have our incredibly hard work recognised means so much to us."

We are all incredibly proud to be from the North East of England and are enthusiastic to represent the bustling film scene we come from.

Amy, aged 17, Into Film Award winning filmmaker from Northumberland

Still Life was produced in 2017 as part of the Northern Stars Documentary Academy at Tyneside Cinema, supported by intu. Find out more at Tyneside Cinema.

Best Documentary winners with presenters and sponsor.
Best Documentary winners with presenters Craig Roberts and Susan Wokoma, and sponsor John Fletcher of Paramount Pictures

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