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

Warriors : Synopsis

My Role
Exec Producer
Ewan Angus
Production Company
Saltire Film and TV Productions
BBC One Scotland
Transmission Date
10.35pm, 5th April 2012

“The Care system is just a prison for people too young to go to prison”

So says Bradley Noon. When I last filmed him he was 12 and in a care home called Ballikinrain, near Stirling – a place for kids who had been abused. Now 18 years old he wants to know why most of his former pals have ended up in prison, from petty crimes to attempted murder. Was this because they had been in Care?

“Warriors” tells the stories of Bradley, Paul and Ryan, once boys, now men. It examines how the ‘system’ has helped or damned them. Revisiting Ballikinrain Bradley is convinced this is the place that wrecked both his and his friends’ lives, but afterwards he wonders whether this is the case…

Later he meets John Carnochan, Head of the Violence Reduction Unit, a tough seen-it-all ex-Glasgow cop, lauded by the Prime Minister, who suggests the damage started far younger. Refusing to believe Bradley returns to where he grew up – a place he remembers his mother’s addictions – and is shaken. Could this be the route of all his – and his friends – problems? He meets foremost child psychologist Suzanne Zeedyk to find out how early such problems can be traced. Her answer - the womb. For Bradley and the audience it’s a moving journey.

April 2012

Glasgow City Council ‘Youth Justice and Research Team’ use Warriors for staff development

North Lanarkshire Council ‘Psychological Service (Learning and Leisure Services) use Warriors for three year project supporting ‘Looked After Children and Young People’