Beverley Road Communities

Since 2015 the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme, a heritage project funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has been working to protect, restore, and celebrate the heritage of this often-forgotten area.

As part of the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme, a heritage project funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Nova Studios has been commissioned to create a series of four short films telling the stories of the people, buildings and events that have shaped Beverley Road.

The first film in the series focuses on the communities that make up Beverley Road’s contemporary demography.

Through the eyes of our three interviewees, we’re presented with a window into everyday life on the road in 2023.

Zeki, a community leader at the Summit Education Society based at Stepney Station, sees Beverley Road with fresh eyes having come to the UK from his native Turkey. Poppy, a teacher at Pearson Primary School where pupils speak 37 different languages, is keen for her students to absorb the history which surrounds them every day. And, Esther, landlady at Station Inn pub, acknowledges the challenges the road has faced in recent years with Covid and economic downturn but is optimistic about its future.

Read more about the project here

10 Years of C4DI

Hull International Fisheries Institue

Skin Research

Over The Edge: The Paul Burwell Story

Our work on the life of the experimental composer Basil Kirchin was a great springboard into our next creative documentary feature which explores the life and work of the musician and artist Paul Burwell.

Paul shares certain parallels with Basil – he started out as drummer, moved deeply into the world of experimental music and sound art, and – like Basil – took his life off-the-beaten track creatively, spiritually and geographically by moving to Hull where he eventually settled in the old Kingston Rowing Club, next to the River Hull at the far end of Oak Road, sadly collapsing in 2007 and dying of hypothermia soon after.

If you don’t recognise Paul Burwell’s name and you’re not familiar with his work, that’s not entirely surprising… achieving fame was never his intention, but Burwell was part of creative movement that has had a wide and enduring influence on British art and music.

Our film, funded by the radical arts organisation Future’s Venture, features interviews with more than 30 of Burwell’s closest associates – many of them internationally acclaimed artists and musicians such as David Toop, Anne Bean, Richard Wilson, Evan Parker, Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, Steve Noble, Sylvia Hallett, Peter Cusack, Ansuman Biswas and many others, together with Paul’s sons Piers and Titus and their mum Sheila Cobbing, as well as a host of Hull-based artists including Brian Gilson, Glynis Neslen, Yol, Dave Ellis, Lee Merrel and Jez Riley-French.

Provisionally titled Over The Edge, we’re currently in the later stages of post-production – so watch out for a premiere in early 2024.

The above taster was produced to secure the funding from Future’s Venture for the production of the documentary.

The Best Is Yet To Come

When we started work on this film in 2009 the world was a very different place.

The first iPhone was only released in 2007, Instagram hadn’t even begun and we were shooting on mini-dv cassettes.


14 years later we’re now beginning post-production of the first cut of this epic documentary with BAFTA winning director Dan Gordon as our executive producer. It’s been an amazing ride which has genuinely changed our lives, taking us to Sierra Leone in West Africa and right across Europe from the forests of Sweden to the shores of Lake Trichonda near Agrinio in Greece – and back again to all of them – several times.

Through making this film we’ve greatly improved our skills as shooters, interviewers and editors, we’ve learned tons and experienced so much; our footballer friend Alhassan ‘Crespo’ Kamara, his wife Pernilla and both of their families have become some of our closest friends.

We’ve high hopes for this, but there’s still a way to go. With a working title taken from Crespo’s social media hashtag TheBestIsYetToCome the film is real Dick Whittington rags-to-riches, migration story, following our hero’s fortunes from a forgotten corner of one of the poorest countries in the world, to successes and frustrations on football’s international stage and ultimately the realisation that only love can make you whole.

We think we’ve got a special story to tell. Let’s see if any of the big broadcasters and streaming services agree…

Mind On The Run: The Basil Kirchin Story

The remarkable story of the great ‘lost’ British composer and musician Basil Kirchin who died penniless in 2005. Kirchin scored many classic films in the 1960s including Primitive London, The Shuttered Room, I Start Counting, Negatives and The Abominable Dr Phibes. His subsequent two albums, Worlds Within Worlds are now highly sought-after cult classics; his work was cited by Brian Eno as having discovered “a whole new area of sound”.

Mind On The Run features interviews with those who knew and loved him, including Jonny Trunk, label boss Warren De Wolfe, music writers Richard Williams and Bob Stanley, pioneering improviser Evan Parker, saxophonist Alan Barnes, Sean O’Hagan of the High Llamas and many more as well as previously unheard commentary and music by Basil himself, together with newly discovered photos from Basil’s personal archive.

Produced in 2017 and now available online, this 40 minute documentary which tells the moving story of a musical genius was named as one of Sight and sound magazine’s top 100 films of 2017.

Caring for Our Children Together

Consortium Academy Trust Promo

Curators Choice

Fictional content and weddings
Just so you know, we don’t do fiction or drama and we don’t do wedding videos.