A self shooting observational documentary producer/director making engaging, thought-provoking films about real people, often filming over extended timeframes.

The Boys of Ballikinrain : Press

Duration
3x60'
Genre
Observational Documentary
My Role
Filmed
Directed
Producer
Peter Barber-Fleming
Production Company
Saltire Film and TV Productions
Commissioner
Ewan Angus
Channel
BBC Two Scotland
Transmission Date
9pm, 19th Feb 2007 onwards
(weekly)
Year
2006/7
Format
DVCam

“The Boys of Ballikinrain” was TV Pick of the Day in the Herald, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Radio Times and The List.

It is used by various Social Work Departments in England and Scotland as a guide to the children themselves, and by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), the national agency responsible for training and development of school personnel. In addition the University of Edinburgh Law School now use it as part of their Youth Crime and Justice Syllubus.

Select reviews include:

  • “A remarkable film…Hair-raising. The lost boys found a voice”

    The Sunday Herald

  • “Children's home traumas laid bare”

    The Daily Record

  • “What the future holds for the Ballikinrain Boys is uncertain. Though the words of that arch philosopher Tony Soprano may come in useful here: ‘there’s only two endings for a guy like me: dead or in the can”

    The List

  • Directed by Stephen Bennett with extraordinary sensitivity the films get to know half a dozen individual boys whose trust had been gained and who are incredibly open, candid and their stories ultimately moving.

    Sunday Herald