Real Tees Valley YouTube playlist made up of 25 films from the Real Tees Valley Film Trail. In the order they were shared on social media.
A stop motion film of the Hillstreet Takeover at the #brilliantlyboro #creativefactory space in the Hillstreet Centre, Middlesbrough.
“Luke” tells the story of a young local boy and his transition from female to male. Through the film he talks about interactions with people and their responses after finding out he has transitioned.
Growing up in a small town means that things like this are not heard of as much, so it is great to learn more about it in the local area and see the positive outcome of this young boy’s situation. When mentioning the way in which people ask about the transition he states they are not trying to cause offence, but are just curious which helps to shine the local area in a positive and forward-thinking light.
Footage is shown of the scars received due to the surgery involved in the transition which shows the real physical dedication this boy has had in becoming what makes him happy. He also mentions the hormone treatment he has undertaken and the downsides involved with it, in particular getting spots.
Through the film, he is seen to be a happy, energetic person from footage of him dancing with friends and family, to the interview segments during which he cannot stop smiling.
It is brilliant to see stories like this come from Teesside showing the residents happy and content in the life they have chosen to lead.
18-year-old Ellie’s film explores the story of a young woman from North East England, who isn’t traditionally feminine and works in a quarry and is often ostracized because of her masculine hobbies. After being taunted at a bar, she decides to take action when she is challenged with an arm wrestle. She soon realizes that to win could be more trouble than it’s worth.
Young people from Stockton wanted to make a film about Corner House, a place that makes them feel safe and loved, with loads to do, through their words. They recall life before joining the group, the trouble they got into, and how the Corner House Youth Project really has made them turn a positive corner.