Together Behind Closed Doors (working title)

The Together Behind Closed Doors project idea came out of a conversation on how we document the experiences of communities during the Coronavirus crisis. How do we come together while staying apart? The hope is that we can learn more about each other, while also inspiring others to do the same in their own streets.

From 54 addresses of mixed residential, social, private and multiple housing, we will ask our neighbours to contribute their stories and their thoughts on the theme ‘together’ during this time, selecting strong and diverse voices, each showing a different side to community life here in Cornwall. This is peer to peer storytelling – by the community, for our community – making pieces that are equally engaging and enlightening for audience.

Cornwall Film Festival has commissioned filmmaker Clare Tavernor of Phono to conduct a series of short audio interviews with residents of St Thomas Street, Penryn.  Photographs and accompanying audio will be hosted on CFF’s website, and 1-minute cut downs will also be posted on Instagram.  Clare Directed over 40 films for The Culture Show on BBC2, Series Producer for BBC1, and, most recently, a three-part music series for BBC Four.

Following the work in St.Thomas Street, our aim is to broaden the project to other streets and communities in Cornwall, run by local media champions. We will develop a package of questions for those who would like to carry out the project in their area.  We want to hear your story, how you came to live on the street, your thoughts and feelings about community, and the impact of the current crisis on your own life.

We will use a radio mic that will be disinfected between interviews and that you can clip on yourself so as to ensure social distancing is adhered to. 

If you would like to take part email togetherbehindcloseddoors@gmail.com with your name, contact telephone No. and Address. 

If you are isolating and need help with anything then please get in touch too!

National Lottery Community Fund

A digital media project commissioned by Cornwall Film Festival funded by The National Lottery Community Fund