Offscreen Expedition UK: Did it work? Has their view of Britain changed…?

It feels wonderfully strange to be writing this from the comfort of my own sofa. The Offscreen Expedition touched down back in London earlier today after an epic two weeks of challenges, late nights, early mornings, excitement, bewilderment and general all round brilliance.

The whole experience draws to a close tomorrow, so today was spent in serious reflection mode. It was a little emotional taking the guys aside for their last interviews as they opened up about their experiences, how their attitudes towards Britain have changed and what difference it will all make to their lives back home.

Hats off to Stephen, JamieSarah and the rest of the team for putting together such a life changing experience, I honestly feel that these 12 young people will never forget the adventures and friendships that they have forged here.

But it’s not over yet! Bold will be spending the next few months assembling the media we have created and turning it into some of the most outstanding teachers resources in the UK. There’s another BAFTA with our name on it waiting next year! And of course, there’s the trip to Pakistan yet – click here to be in with a chance of touching down with us in Lahore in September.

Right, final day tomorrow – last film to edit, helping the kids make artwork, then the grand celebration to top it all off. And then sleep…

GV

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Offscreen Expedition UK: Should business help society?

Ah, they’ll be alright with the camera won’t they? It’s Dana’s turn to be Greg today as we head from the Yorkshire Dales back down into the city – Birmingham this time.

Clearly 3 hours in a minibus is exceptionally arduas and requires a bucketload of sugar and caffeine to get through it. Farhad can’t get enough of the stuff – he’s spent about £100 so far on energy drinks and you can tell, he’s bouncing off the walls! Red Bull…

We’re staying at Woodbrooke Quaker House in Selly Oak. It used to be Cadbury’s home (as in the chocolate) and now serves as a bit of a retreat centre. Tony’s a bit suspicious but it’s got a really calm vibe about it. I’m going to try and drag him along to one of the meditation classes later.

And how does all this relate to business and society? Well, to be honest it’s a been a bit off topic today. We visited a disused building where Abbas, a local architect ran a great workshop that involved making lots of pyramids out of sticks. I think we’re going to be going into it more tomorrow, but I’ll be interested to find out what the young people take away from it. Do they think business can be good? I know that’s our vision for Bold. Film is being cut now – check it out for an answer.

GV

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Offscreen Expedition UK: I can’t make a difference – can I?

Apparently you can, if you want it enough. Second part of the challenge today, and the guys started in a local church which is being restored as a way of driving engagement with the local community, widening it’s Christian roots to encourage communal use by young people from any background. Apparently the windows are worth £ millon quid.

Really refreshing to see a group of Muslim young people exploring a Christian church, kind of sums up much of what the project is about.

And then to prove that if you put your mind to it you can do anything, the guys were challenged with making something to help Jamie kick back and relax using nothing but newspaper and cable ties. As tempting as it must have been to make a little hobo shelter in the corner of the room, the guys rose to the challenge and made not one but four outstanding chairs. Amazing what you can do with newspaper and a little imagination. Check out the film to see how many of them succeeded.

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Offscreen Expedition UK: Faith(less?)

What a happy bunch of young people! Clearly they can’t wait to get into The National Media Museum in Bradford. The taste of Yorkshire country air has stirred something in their souls and they’re bouncing off the walls! It’s an animation workshop today that explores the idea of Faith (I wonder if they have seen Bold’s film ‘Faith In The City‘?).

Whoa Ali – was it really that bad? So it didn’t quite hit the mark on exploration of faith, but the guys did manage to make some quirky stop-motion animations. Check out the project website to watch them in all their glory.

Seriously – I haven’t seen these guys so animated since they got here. We all had a bit of a heart to heart this evening, some honest feedback from the whole group – highlighted a few areas where we’ve gone astray, then a big culturally sensitive group hug and gee up for the last few days. It was great seeing everyone’s reactions as they watched a few of the films made so far. I’m really proud of everyone for being so honest on camera – I hope it shows.

And then they tried to make Tony and me dance to bhangra… not a pretty sight, especially as it’s been an alcohol free expedition. Off to Birmingham tomorrow to stay in a Quaker House, should be interesting…

GV

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Offscreen Expedition UK: Should business help society?

Ah, they’ll be alright with the camera won’t they? It’s Dana’s turn to be Greg today as we head from the Yorkshire Dales back down into the city – Birmingham this time.

Clearly 3 hours in a minibus is exceptionally arduas and requires a bucketload of sugar and caffeine to get through it. Farhad can’t get enough of the stuff – he’s spent about £100 so far on energy drinks and you can tell, he’s bouncing off the walls! Red Bull…

We’re staying at Woodbrooke Quaker House in Selly Oak. It used to be Cadbury’s home (as in the chocolate) and now serves as a bit of a retreat centre. Tony’s a bit suspicious but it’s got a really calm vibe about it. I’m going to try and drag him along to one of the meditation classes later.

And how does all this relate to business and society? Well, to be honest it’s a been a bit off topic today. We visited a disused building where Abbas, a local architect ran a great workshop that involved making lots of pyramids out of sticks. I think we’re going to be going into it more tomorrow, but I’ll be interested to find out what the young people take away from it. Do they think business can be good? I know that’s our vision for Bold. Film is being cut now – check it out for an answer.

GV

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Offscreen Expedition UK: Faith(less?)

What a happy bunch of young people! Clearly they can’t wait to get into The National Media Museum in Bradford. The taste of Yorkshire country air has stirred something in their souls and they’re bouncing off the walls! It’s an animation workshop today that explores the idea of Faith (I wonder if they have seen Bold’s film ‘Faith In The City‘?).

Whoa Ali – was it really that bad? So it didn’t quite hit the mark on exploration of faith, but the guys did manage to make some quirky stop-motion animations. Check out the project website to watch them in all their glory.

Seriously – I haven’t seen these guys so animated since they got here. We all had a bit of a heart to heart this evening, some honest feedback from the whole group – highlighted a few areas where we’ve gone astray, then a big culturally sensitive group hug and gee up for the last few days. It was great seeing everyone’s reactions as they watched a few of the films made so far. I’m really proud of everyone for being so honest on camera – I hope it shows.

And then they tried to make Tony and me dance to bhangra… not a pretty sight, especially as it’s been an alcohol free expedition. Off to Birmingham tomorrow to stay in a Quaker House, should be interesting…

GV

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Offscreen Expedition UK: Blood, sweat and tears

Off up the Yorkshire Dales today, a splendid way to spend a Monday afternoon, and not a single odd look from the seasoned locals, even though we had 12 Pakistani young people in tow. Multiculturalism alive and well in the heart of Yorkshire!

It was fair schock for some of these guys, it’s 50 degrees plus back home and a walk generally gets you from the air con home to the air con car to the air con wherever you’re going. I’d fully expected a tantrum or two on the way, but to their credit everyone worked really hard and although we were all knackered by the end, smiles prevailed.

Gratuitous action shot – 100% necessary to get into the river : )

Tony feeling fitter than he’s ever been stops to admire the view with Reem and Jenna.

What a pro – walk bagged, edit started…

GV

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Offscreen Expedition UK: What colour is humanity (and little sculptures)

Possibly the smallest sculpture in the whole of Yorkshire – Noor’s brilliant little Pakistani people spreading through the countryside. To put this in context, we had a great day in Yorkshire sculpture park today, working with a local artist to explore some of the permanent work and then making our own.

It’s equally brilliant and hilarious seeing the guys madly snapping at parts of the countryside we all take for granted. This must be what we’re like taking photos of camels in Egypt.

The park was a great spot to answer the question, ‘What colour is humanity?’ Personally I think it’s green but hey, that’s just my opinion. Watch the film to find out what the rest of the guys thought.

“Ah, they’re busy, no one will notice…”

Note to self, don’t fall asleep on the back of the bus, eating ice lollies whilst your camera is out…

Big walk tomorrow across the Yorkshire Dales. Maybe I’ll get to use all this hiking gear I’ve brought with me : )

GV

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Offscreen Expedition UK: Up north at last!

What a difference a day makes. Was it only yesterday that we were screaming round London trying to get 12 kids on and off public transport in rush hour??? Am I glad that’s behind us.

We jumped ship and grabbed a train up to Leeds, it was Tony’s day to edit so he set up a little studio in seat 45b, occasionally interrupting the quiet of the carriage with shouts of “check your bad self!” – clearly getting excited by the way his film was shaping up.

And then the groups first experience of a real British summer – monsoon time in Leeds. Reactions were hilarious, from jaw dropping looks of disgust to bewildered smiles. Noor gets a 10 in my book for his utterly authentic use of luggage – good on you! I was smugly dry in my Rab e-Vent waterproof jacket : )

We’re staying in Howarth youth hostel – a fantastic conversion of a period home. The kids are loving it – there’s cows and everything! Check out the expedition website for some behind the scenes footage.

Just managed to get in some shots of Dana as the sun was setting, footage looked great. The Offscreen students are really starting to open up – some of their thoughts and observations are genuinely touching. Makes you look at your own back yard in an entirely different way.

One not so fantastic point – the three of us guys all sharing a room. Tony, sort your snoring out mate!

GV

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Offscreen Expedition UK: Building walls, breaking barriers

How many times have I wanted to do this – dry stone walling! Gutted it’s my day to edit, oh well, looks like the guys had a good time. Jamie had them hard at work and by all accounts they managed to construct a wall that would put any yorkshire man to shame.

Tony’s being doing a sterling job filming and editing. We’re getting to know the kids and they’re loosening up and getting into the spirit more and more.

For some reason, every single one of them keeps taking pictures of the clouds. Apparently, blue sky and sunshine every day can be tedious and they’re absolutely loving our cumulo nimbus.

On to Yorkshire Sculpture Park tomorrow, hope they have some Andy Goldsworthy on show

GV

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