Bridge + Tunnel Productions is an independent media production company that produces a range of unique, exciting and challenging projects, both mainstream and community-based.
Founded on a principle of producing work with uncompromising creative vision and social relevance, our projects often revolve around themes of identity, migration and equality. Now in our twelfth year, and with a growing international reputation, Bridge + Tunnel Productions’ work is widely recognised for raising awareness and understanding of cultural diversity. Our team has over 30 years experience in the film production sector and our portfolio of award-winning work encompasses groundbreaking documentaries, fiction, gallery and museum projects as well as feature films.
In addition to our film production work, our sister organisation, Bridge + Tunnel Voices, undertakes educational and charitable activities including the development and delivery of interactive online projects and training and production schemes for young people and diverse communities. These schemes address racism, community cohesion, and issues relating to migrant communities.
B+T was established in 1998 as a regional arts organisation focused on new talent, artistic experimentation and challenging the poverty of representation for diverse communities. In 2005, our sister organization Bridge + Tunnel Voices was established as a charity. Today, we continue to challenge exclusion and promote diversity using innovative arts forms while bringing minority and niche stories to a mainstream audience. B+T has worked over a period of time with BME communities, specifically focused on refugees and asylum seekers in the north east of England who were (and sadly continue to be) misrepresented, under-represented and lack access.
We have built many good partnership with other statutory and public service bodies in the region and our partnership with Newcastle University grows in strength as the University embraces the outreach agenda.
At the heart of our work is a passion for empowering groups and individuals to help themselves and build their abilities, programmes and initiatives. B+T doesn’t seek to replicate the work other of larger arts organisations. Instead, we pride ourselves at remaining agile, inventive, and able to take risks. Over the past few years, B+T have taken exhibitions and community stories to a wide audience (Last of the Dictionary Men, Asylum Carwash, Bread, Kite), trained refugees work skills (i-Kooch in School, where refugees gave drama workshops in schools), tackled Islamophobia (King of South Shields) and most recently, undertaken a major initiative to tackle racism, xenophobia, and looked to bring a social issue to a mainstream audience- a long narrative project with an interactive web education distribution element (I Am Nasrine and Wiki: Wonderland). I Am Nasrine, the companies long awaited feature film was released in 2012 and is gaining strong reviews and critical acclaim. Join us on our Facebook page for the most up to date information: www.facebook.com/iamnasrine.
The work of B+T in the mainstream media aspect continues to go from strength to strength: a grand prize at the TCM Awards at the London Film Festival (Perfect to Begin), documentaries broadcast internationally (Mother/Country) and screened at festivals such as the coveted Sundance Film Festival (Closer). More impressively, we have been able to generate impressive audience figures working both with mainstream media and with new technology (I-Kooch, Wiki: Wonderland, and The King of South Shields).
Currently, Bridge + Tunnel is developing a second feature film, a youth project connecting young people in Newcastle and Gaza as well as a few documentary films.