Growing up North is a new project by the Children's Commissioner for England designed to put children and young people - the future economic and social prosperity of our communities - at the heart of regeneration.
This film was produced by Studio 12 in Leeds.
Studio12 is an exemplary digital media initiative part of Leeds Library and Information Service, that invests in the creative talents of disadvantaged young people living in Leeds and surrounding areas. Providing young people with a creative process to educate, engage and include young people in producing new work. It provides free access to a production studio, training and an industry panel of creative professionals.
Growing up in the North was filmed in Leeds and Bradford by Studio12, working in partnership with organisations across the two cities in order to engage with over 30 young people.
Studio12 participants were involved in the production including talented Leeds based musician, Omari Bertram who composed the soundtrack to the film gaining real industry experience and enabling him to add to his portfolio of work.
The film provides a real perspective into the lives, aspirations and opportunities available for young people who live in the North of England. Young people were asked to describe their city, their future. Presenting us with an honest insight into what it's like to grow up in the north.