Seeking TV interviewees on housing crisis - Firecracker films

Tony Gosling tony at
Wed Oct 31 20:44:03 GMT 2018

Dear all,

I work for a company called Firecracker who have been commissioned to 
make a reputational series for Channel W. In this immersive 
documentary series, Stacey Dooley will explore a cross-section of 
society by spending 72 hours in the company of six unique households.

Channel W is a Freeview channel part of UKTV, it's focused on family, 
lifestyle and human interest topics. It's trying to grow its 
reputation for documentaries which is why they are doing a series 
with Stacey Dooley. I expect we can pay a small location fee if we 
went to film with a family in a van but that is much further down the 
line. At this stage, this is about people sharing their story and 
just helping my research at the moment.

To me this is a story about the housing crisis and cuts to welfare: 
people in vans are empowered and taking things into their own hands 
rather than the victims of UC etc. that we typically see in the media 
when looking at this topic. Van life could really be a viable way to 
tackle the housing and benefits crisis and I think it could be really 
interesting to explore this angle.

 From sleeping in the spare room to sharing family meals and going on 
outings, she will get involved in every aspect of their lives in a 
bid to understand them and the community they represent. The series 
will cover the universal themes of modern British life, exploring our 
attitudes to love, relationships, religion, parenting and money. 
Honest and insightful, the series will reveal the things that make us 
different but also the things that we all have in common.

I would love to speak to van dwelling families as part of my 
research. I'd like to get an understanding of what daily life looks 
like to a family who have decided to take their housing situation 
into their own hands rather than be at the mercy of unaffordable 
debts, greedy private landlords and scarce council housing. There are 
so many headlines about Austerity Britain I'd really like to cover a 
story from an empowered perspective. If vans are a becoming a more 
viable option for British people to call home, what does that tell us 
about the state of the nation?

  Firecracker make award-winning documentaries and factual TV about 
human stories at the cutting edge. Uncovering unique ways of life and 
intimate moments, the films we make are insightful and tell us 
something about modern society.

If you need any other information or have any other questions then 
please do get in touch.

Best Wishes,

Sophie Grant - Firecracker films
<Sophie.Grant at>
mob 07889 276693
+44 (0)203 837 7780

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