“BBC Three continues to be at the forefront of nurturing new talent both on and off the screen as these outstanding six films show. The Fresh initiative offers first-time directors a fantastic opportunity to make their first ever primetime one-hour documentary and gives them a voice to tell stories for a BBC Three audience. This year’s Fresh films will tell compelling, entertaining and emotionally charged stories about young people in extraordinary circumstances. I’m keen to build on the successes of previous years and expect that Fresh will again boost the careers of some talented directors.” – Elliot Reed, the BBC commissioner of the strand
The first outing is The Hidden Homeless which sees Martin Reed; an aspiring director who has, in the past, been forced to sleep on the streets look into the world of homelessness. It is something he feels passionately about so he wanted to make a film that challenged our perceptions about who Britain’s young homeless really are. Then Belts in Barry is a one-off film from BBC Bristol about the most important time in the life of the up-and-coming Welsh boxer Lee Selby.
The Ugly Face of Disabled Hate Crime follows Adam Pearson who has Neurofibromatosis – a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumours called Fibromas to grow along his nerve endings. Whilst these can grow anywhere, most of Adam’s have grown on his face, causing severe disfigurement. Despite undergoing 31 operations the 29-year-old still has a prominent disfigurement. Adam reveals what life is like in his world – people laughing at him, calling him names, taking photos when they think he’s not looking and sometimes even trying to peel his face off because they think it’s a mask.
In Meet The Fanatics Tom Felton will be in the midst of Convention season heading to Tulsa to attend one of the world’s largest film and TV cult festivals Wizard World and on this side of the Atlantic attending Comic Con at Birmingham’s NEC. Every year thousands of super fans come together at these locations – wearing elaborate and intricate costumes – to meet the ‘real’ people behind their favourite shows. For the young men and women who attend it can be a life changing and often overwhelming experience as they meet the stars
While Epilepsy And Me looks at what happens when people can’t see a disability. This film is a character-driven observational documentary following a small group of young people that live with epilepsy and deal with the daily challenges it throws up. From starting a new relationship, to walking independently, to work experience, to making a life-changing decision about their treatment: should they risk brain surgery for a chance of a life without seizures? These are ordinary young people that deal with the typical issues of teenage and young adult life and where small steps become extraordinary achievements and finally Don’t Stop Me Now sees an outstanding musical talent put together a band and hit the road. He’s already a star of the burgeoning disabled music scene; can he become the first disabled artist to cross over to the mainstream of popular music?
Fresh will air in 2015.