Creative England is proud to have supported award-winning feature One Mile Away, Penny Woolcock’s feature documentary about Birmingham gangs, which is on general release from 29th March and will be broadcast on Channel 4 on 11th April (tbc).
Co-funded by Creative England and Channel 4, One Mile Away scooped the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at last year’s Edinburgh Film Festival.
One Mile Away was awarded funding from Creative England via the Advantage Media Production Fund (AMPF) which also recently supported Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge and Debbie Isitt’s Nativity 2.
The AMPF was set up in 2007 to support the development of filmmaking in the West Midlands. It is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Government’s Regional Development Fund (RDF) and recoupment from the earlier West Midlands Production Fund.
Chris Moll, Creative England’s Head of Talent, said: “The AMPF remains one of the few active English regional film and TV funds in highly challenging times and we’re delighted to support outstanding talent with this important film.”
One Mile Away, produced by Rare Day, charts the attempts by two warring gangs in inner city Birmingham to bring peace to their neighbourhoods.
Produced by James Purnell, the former Labour Culture Secretary and new BBC director of strategy and digital, the film follows their painstaking journey over two years to recruit supporters from both sides. Along the way, they get advice from Jonathan Powell, who oversaw the Good Friday Agreement. When the riots erupted in Birmingham in summer 2011, there are some surprising consequences.
As well as showing how film and the determination of ordinary people can transform entrenched social problems, One Mile Away is now also a developing social enterprise, working with schools to reduce gang culture in Birmingham and across the UK.
Penny Woolcock has been directing award-winning documentaries, feature films and opera for the stage for twenty years. Her recent work includes On The Streets (2010) a film about homeless people on the streets of London and 1 Day (2009) about a day in the life of an inner city hustler.
Co-funded by Creative England and Channel 4, One Mile Away is supported and distributed by BRITDOC Films.