PRESENT TENSE (tv mini-series)

DOCUMENTARY

A collection of personal stories, seen through the eyes of spoken word poets.

tv mini-series broadcast on BBC FOURfunded by Creative England, BBC Arts and Roundhouse. 
2019 | 20mins (4 x 5 mins), watch on Vimeo here.

featured poets DEBRIS STEVENSON, REUBEN FIELD, RHEIMA IBRAHIIM-ROBINSON & SAJU AHMED.
director, producer & editor ALFIE BARKER
exec producers BETH TURRELL & SOLOMON NWABUEZE
associate producer CLAUDIA LEE
director of photography TOM LA MOTTE
camera assistant AMOL DATTA
sound recordist MATTHEW EDWARDS
sound designer BREEN TURNER
composer BENJAMIN SQUIRES
grade CAROLINE MORIN
post-producer MIKAEL NAKKAS @ WASH
also featuring BRYONY CORRIGAN, YANO S. VARELA.
special thanks HOPE MOON, DELIA BARKER, JAMIE HUTCHINSON, CHRIS HORDLEY,
LEEDS FILM, ADELE LAURENCE, BETH EDGAR, KIRKLEE'S COUNCIL, CATHERINE BRAY.

S.E.N? - DEBRIS STEVENSON

The current education system doesn’t work for everyone. Grime-poet Debris Stevenson takes us back to her experience at school when she was labelled as someone with dyslexia and a failure.

THE FALL - REUBEN FIELD

Reuben struggles to impress a girl on the first date. His inability to ice-skate somehow turns into something of his advantage.

MY GRANDAD - SAJU AHMED

Saju wrote this poem as a way to help him move on from the loss of his grandad. We look back on a memoir that made him the person he is today.


WHEN WILL IT STOP? - RHEIMA IBRAHIIM-ROBINSON

Inspired by an incident at school. Rheima questions where these dark and troubled times could take us.