Digital media projects
If you’re a talented, creative, young person, keen to make a mark on the world around you, how do you do it? Talent and hard work might get you so far. But how do you get the skills and experience you need to make the most of any opportunities that come along?
Our extended media projects provide essential skills and training for young people keen to enter the creative industries. For example, our two-year project, The Story of QPR, enabled 38 young people to gain invaluable knowledge, experience and confidence. Several are now in paid employment in the media industry.
As well as supporting and training young people, our media projects are designed to engage and benefit the wider community. Many of them have been developed in partnership with other not-for-profit organisations.
If you have an idea for a digital media project, or are interested in supporting future projects in any way, please contact us
Watch our 2 short films 'The Beats Beneath' and 'Waking the Dead'
Waking the Dead is a project which was funded by £76,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We engaged with over 100 young people of varying ages and backgrounds from the local area were given access to numerous training opportunities such as oral history recording, film making and archive research. The young people have created 2 short films, a visual media art sculpture and a smart phone app which creates an interactive tour of the cemetery, documenting the notable and interesting figures buried there.
During the project the young people explored the lives and local history of the figures buried at Kensal Green Cemetery (such as Joe Strummer, Harold Pinter and Wilkie Collins) and explored the different traditions, cultures and approaches to death.
The young people have created 2 short films, a visual media art sculpture and a smart phone app which creates an interactive tour of the cemetery, documenting the notable and interesting figures buried there. The first short film ‘Beats Beneath’ focuses on those who helped create the Notting Hill Carnival and the musical figures who pioneered soundsystem culture and layed the roots for grime and hip hop.
'Waking the Dead' is a short performance piece exploring the work of Wilkie Collins, Harold Pinter, Lady Jane Wilde, Erich Fried and Joe Strummer of The Clash
'The Beats Beneath' explores the history of the Notting Hill Carnival and the key figures who helped shape it and are laid to rest in Kensal Green Cemetery
Waking the Dead app now available on the app store
Navigate this scenic cemetery with our innovative app, and find out about the sound system pioneers who created Carnival; celebrities of their day who scandalised London; and a host of people who made our world. You’ll find 3 bespoke walks and a wealth of audio-visual information about remarkable figures, from Count Suckle to Charles Babbage and Joe Strummer. This Octavia Foundation project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and all the content was curated, photographed and recorded by local young people.
the project will uncover the hidden histories of Kensal Green cemetery, one of London’s oldest public burial grounds.
The Yo! London showcase brings together over 80 photographs that explore the connection young people have with their London and its inhabitants.
Charts the history of Queens Park Rangers football club and documents the heritage of London's W12 area (trailer 2mins16, full film 60mins) 2015
Four films challenging common perceptions of young people in Britain (35mins51, 62mins, 26mins31, 68mins) 2013
A short film about sexual health. 13m58. 2013.
Tells the story of black theatre in Britain (trailer 2mins35) 2012
Addresses the confusion around changes to welfare and benefits in England (10mins) 2011.
Award-winning short film by Chris Lamontagne (3mins11) 2010
Raises awareness about climate change. (11mins06) 2010.