AuthorDaisy Cresswell

Crowdfunder filming is done. Here’s what happened…

On Saturday we filmed our crowdfunder video in Brighton. I hadn’t slept properly all week I was so nervous. In my head we only had one shot of getting it right, despite being told by all around me that we can edit or re-shoot if necessary. It would be the first time I would hand over control to strangers, when I had been the only person living and breathing this project on a full time basis...

What about ‘The Breakfast Club’?

I have just read Molly Ringwald’s article in The New Yorker where she revisits the John Hughes teen flick through the #MeToo lens. The Brighton5 (adult) team had already started commenting on it on our WhatsApp group – comments like “it’s great to think about the content (for BTN5) in terms of legacy and how it might be interpreted in years to come.” It got me...

We need to teach our girls Fearless Enquiry

Everyday I find stories that involve teenagers, device addiction and mental health. They are all over the press, as rates of depression and self-harm soar in youngsters. One article that caught my eye, by Tech journalist Moya Sarner was about Belinda Parmar – who “was a passionate advocate of the digital revolution – but has started keeping her family’s smartphones and laptops locked...

It’s tiring making good trouble. But I love it.

Brighton5 as it happens consists of (among many other things): 1. Writing the partnerships deck (presentation) for potential sponsors and partners 2. Writing the script for the crowdfunder video 3. Attending Anxiety in Teens session (see previous post) 4. Rewriting the script for the crowdfunder video (after the Anxiety session) 5. Editing the photoshoot we did last Saturday (and waiting for the...

Anxiety in teens is anxiety for parents

This morning I attended the ‘Managing Anxiety’ meet up organised by some local primary mental health workers. The session was advertised via three Brighton secondary schools, aimed at parents and carers. At first, it felt like an AA meeting (not that that is a bad thing) as I nervously joined the group sitting in a circle. Strangely only parents from one school attended. This...

Blurring the lines between documentary and drama

This week is full, once again. No zero days. By full, I mean thinking time and collaboration time. The world of Brighton5 is evolving rapidly- alongside some amazing local collaborators. And my time is taken up thinking, mapping, scheming and dreaming with these wonderful people. Some question how I will be able to make a telly programme that is entertaining enough to keep teens and adults...

TFI Friday – my half term hiatus is nearly over

For any working parent, half term can be difficult to juggle. My half terms seem to combine random teenage demands with me moaning myself into a stupor about about the state of their bedrooms. For years I have told myself to book the time off. To down tools and be there for the kids. But that never quite happens. I might get a day or two – but that usually ends up with me tackling jobs in...

Have radio, will podcast!

What a day! This morning I attended a podcasting course hosted by Social Brighton (huge thanks to Kerry), with brilliant trainer Cat Rose – The Creative Introvert. In just 3 hours I pretty much had all the tools and knowledge I need to get on with the job of creating our Brighton5 audio experience! I am going on a long train journey with my mum over the weekend so I plan to mic her up and...

Let’s Make (Good) Trouble.

Welcome to Brighton5. Today we launch this blog, and on March 8th 2018, International Women’s Day, we will launch our crowd-funder video for Brighton5. There is nothing like a deadline to make things happen (hence the countdown clock at the top of this website!), even though I feel terrified at the time of writing. What could possibly go wrong? (Never work with kids and animals? Oh dear!)...

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