Heartbreak turns children’s lockdown stories into films

Published: 18 September 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

The children whose lockdown stories were turned into films by Heartbreak along with two of the actors who appeared in some of the stories

Heartbreak Productions has completed “possibly the most ambitious creative project to be see in the UK for the past seven months”: a series of short films with children aged from 8 to 14.

The Leamington Spa-based company sent out a call to children across the UK to send in their stories based on the phrase Escape from Lockdown. They chose eight which were turned into films.

The winning stories were EL Day by Juno Wickens from Walton-on-Thames, Germinator by Urban Townes from Leicester, Hope by May Vaughan of Leamington Spa, Exhaustion by Rylee Barrett from Hereford, The Panda Plan by Oliver Gore of Hereford, Sewer Pipe by Daisy Ham from Bristol, V Zombies by Samuel Dudley-Staite of Solihull and Loss of Colour by Chloe Milson of Brighton.

Maddy Kerr, Heartbreak’s executive director, said, “arts experiences have been very limited for children since lockdown, with school plays, music lessons, and outside groups all being cancelled. This project provided a much-needed outlet for children to carry out an artistic project from start to finish and see the creative process through.”