The Winter Garden

Shot over three years, ‘The Winter Garden’ is an immersive documentary about community and the power of creativity. A story about how a small group of women, with hope and imagination, regenerated their broken community and in the process won Britains most-coveted contemporary art competition, The Turner Prize.

Liverpool, 1981. The once thriving, multi-cultural neighbourhood of Granby is in ruins after the worst race riots in generations. Over the following decade bulldozers destroyed most of the houses to create a faceless estate, scattering the once thriving community, leaving only four original streets, sparsely populated and filled with boarded up houses.

But the developers had not counted on the fearless, resourceful women who lived there. These women, from different cultural backgrounds, but sharing a common goal, refused to move out. Instead, they fought back, their weapon of choice - creativity.

Over the next two decades they cleared, planted, painted and campaigned in order to reclaim their streets and save their homes. In 2015, partnering with Assemble, a collective working across art, design and architecture, they imagined a new magical space as the focus of the community - The Winter Garden.

This is their story.

  • David Betteridge
    Director
    Misfits, A Dress For Our Time, Paper Dreams
  • Rob Vincent
    Producer
  • David Betteridge
    360 Cinematography
    Misfits, A Dress For Our Time, Paper Dreams
  • David Betteridge
    Editor
    Misfits, A Dress For Our Time, Paper Dreams
  • Jack Wylie and Will Ward @ 19 Sound
    Music
  • Breen Turner
    Sound Design
  • Rob Vincent
    Executive Producers
  • Anthony Engi Meacock
    Executive Producers
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    360 Video
  • Aspect Ratio:
    360 - 2:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sheffield Documentary Festival
    Sheffield
    United Kingdom
    June 4, 2019
    UK premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - David Betteridge

David is an award-winning 360 video director specialising 360 documentaries and immersive factual storytelling.

He began directing immersive media in 2014 and is one of the few established directors to successfully make the leap from traditional filmmaking to 360 with his work selected for 15 international film festivals.

He brings a highly developed visual style, a strong sense of authorship and a deep technical understanding to his work. He lives in London but works globally with international clients including Google, Samsung, HP, Discovery, NBC, The Tate, Virgin and The Science Museum.

He is Creative Director of 360 production studio Citizen 360 (www.citizen360.tv)

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Director Statement

The film captures a poignant moment in the cultural and political life of the UK. Pre-production began not long before the murder of the MP Jo Cox and the project was completed soon after the original deadline to exit the EU, at the end of March 2019. Throughout this period, the impact of austerity and the toxic waters stirred up by Brexit have left the UK more divided than ever with so much negative energy and hate crimes at an all time high.

The film celebrates how the residents of Granby constructed a different narrative in the fight for their homes. Yes, they pushed back – but not in a destructive, hateful way. Instead they applied creativity, a DIY spirit and a willingness to welcome and embrace others stands as an antidote to the fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric of our times.