Real Tees Valley
Visual Stories of Youth
Real Tees Valley is a film project run over a year across the five boroughs of the Tees Valley, encouraging young people to use the medium of film to tell their own stories around their experiences of living in the area.
Our young prospective and developing film-makers worked alongside six professional film-maker mentors, including a lead mentor film-maker to make the short films which vary in length from one to ten minutes.
The project explored what place and culture meant to this group and wrote a new narrative for the Tees Valley, away from the traditional headlines of industrial boom and decline, through using real voices to illustrate life in contemporary Teesside directly from those who might carve out its future.
Our young film-makers and lead artists have co-produced 27 diverse, visually interesting and story-rich films, around the themes of place and culture, 25 of which the young film-makers have gracefully given consent to show in the public arena.
Working together, lead Film-maker Maxy Bianco supported Tees Valley Arts Curator Miki Rogers to curate these films into five collections which pick up the main themes observed through delving into all the work produced and recognising common threads as the films were being made. Additionally, the locations of the films, their length and how each themed set works together to make a whole body of work was considered.
Place features the following films: Roseberry by Harry, South Park by Jake, Middlesbrough by Jared Boyle, Shoreline by Anna Nappa and Farming by Molly Drew.
Culture features the following films: Pasteque by Ryan Welch, Street Game by Max, Music Culture by Daniel D’Arcy, Deadland by Ryan Whitelock & Ryan Welch and Surflepool by Elliot.
Diversity features the following films: Football by Omran Al Koteishe, Build by Chris Healy, Luke by Luke Devey, Female Rugby Coach by Lucy and Traditions on Teesside by Mohammed Miah.
Community features the following films: Football Coaching by Kieran, From Syria to Hartlepool by Nasim Daraj & Ammar Haskal, Darlo Dean by Dean, Tees Valley on My Mind by Nina and Corner House.
Life features the following films: Femininity by Ellie Craven, Sadie by Sadie Rogers, 3 Years by Adam Watson, Displaced by Mohammed Albedai and Alisha by Alisha.
I’m an illustrator who grew up in the Tees Valley, I studied my foundation diploma at Cleveland College of Art and Design and studied illustration at Leeds Arts University. I graduated last July and I am currently living in Leeds working on freelance illustration projects. Being asked to create a map for the Real Tees…
Friday 15th November to Sunday the 24th of November For just over a week, you can see five specially curated collections of our Real Tees Valley films at five locations, one in each of the five boroughs, allowing you to simultaneously view all of the 25 films and take a mini-tour of our region and…
https://youtu.be/cQNSRk4kFP4 Join us at 4pm for the launch of our Real Tees Valley Trailer, which we’re showing on YouTube Premiere (see above). The film marks the beginning of our celebration of the Real Tees Valley film project, working with more than 25 young people living across the five boroughs of the Tees Valley, mentored by…
Luke Devey was one of our young film-makers on the Real Tees Valley project, for which he co-produced a film entitled Luke documenting his experience of transitioning from male to female. This is a fascinating interview by trans-activist Ellie Lowther of Trans Aware, in which Luke talks about his experience and how by co-producing his…
In Collaboration With
Cornerhouse, Creative Darlington, Darlington Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Imagine You Can, Middlesbrough Borough Council, Open Shop, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Tees Valley Combined Authority
See our other Great Place Tees Valley projects here.