OPITMA Winner for 'The Hen Men'



14th November 2014
Our film 'The Hen Men' has won a coveted Older People in the Media Awards at the British Library Thursday 13th November 2014. Run by 'Independent Age' it recognises media coverage that portrays issues around age. We're thrilled and honoured to have won this award!

You can view the film here.

BBC Commission 29min doc 'Homecoming'



27th October 2014
Meerkat Films has been commissioned to produce a 29min doc for BBC1 North East and Cumbria. 'Homecoming' explores the result of the 13 year conflict in Afghanistan and the often tricky return to civy street.

More info here here.

Meerkat produce short film with director Ben Reid



1st August 2014
London based director Ben Reid has teamed up with Meerkat Films to produce the short film 'Desertion'.

More info here here.

RTS Award 2014



3rd March 2014
At the glitzy event in the Hilton Hotel on Saturday 1st March, Meerkat films were awarded the 'Non Broadcast Factual' Award for 'But I'm Here for Mental Health'. Were thrilled to bits and credit must be shared with partner organisations Helix Arts and Tyneside Mind.

To watch the film click here.

'But I'm here for mental Health' tweeted by Stephen Fry



19th December 2013
After an amazing online launch, Stephen Fry has retweeted our film meaning it will be seen by thousands of people all over the world. Finger's crossed that the DWP will re-consider this controversial policy. To join the debate please tweet using the hashtag #WCA

To watch the film click here.

Commissioned to make primetime regional documentary for BBC1



21st October 2013
BBC North East and Cumbria have commissioned us to make a 30minute factual programme for BBC1. Called 'Restoring England's Heritage' it will feature presenter Chris Jackson.

Watch the trailer here or you can find more info on the BBC website.

Hoping to change policy with Tyneside Mind



3rd September 2013
We're so excited to be working with Helix Arts and Tyneside Mind on a short drama showing the distress caused by the government's Work Capability Assessment.

For more info about the project click here.

Filming in the Special Care baby ward



23st August 2013
Can't wait to get started on our short film about the work of Tiny Lives. Based in the special care baby ward at the RVI hospital Newcastle.

For more info about the charity click here.

Meerkat Post Production to take on delivery of 10 Random Acts for C4



15th June 2013
Northern Film and Media are working with Channel 4 to produce 10 Random Acts for broadcast later in the year. We will be production managing and delivering the films to C4. Also we'll be producing a trailer and promo.

For more info about the project  click here.

Allah’s Gift Completed



23th February 2013
Despite a long, sometimes tricky editing process, Allah’s Gift is now finished and ready to enter into festivals. From the offset we wanted to deliver a striking visual experience and complex soundscape to fully capture the backdrop of human stories in the desert - it has taken some time but we believe we have achieved this aim!

For more info about the project  click here.

Wrap on Indian feature film ‘Porichoi’


20th December 2012
After an incredibly hectic few months, a wrap has been called on ‘Porichoi’. What began as Skype chats across continents has resulted in a finished feature that we’re all really proud of. We’re all sad to say goodbye to the Indian team but hopefully we’ll all see each other again. For now though, turkey and christmas pudding await...

For more info about the project  click here.

Pre Production of Indian Feature ‘Porichoi’



12th October 2012

Subsequent to a few successful meetings with Indian production company Moxie Group, they have decided they would like Meerkat to line produce their feature film ‘Porichoi’.

For more info about the project  click here.

BBC’s The Space Films Live and Online



9th September 2012

After a jam packed summer of filming in some unexpected locations with some dizzingly talented individuals, our films for BBC’s The Space are completed and live.

Check out the website tow atch them:  www.thespace.org

Older People Adopting Hens Documentary Commissioned



1 April 2012

After meeting with regional charity Equal Arts, they have confirmed that they would like commission Meerkat to make a documentary about their new project Hen Power.

For more info about the project  click here.

'The Ball' makes it onto the Bafta Longlist



1 April 2012

The long list is the best 15 shorts selected out of the hundreds of British Shorts considered each year. The Ball made it into the final 15, but unfortunately not into the final 3 selected for nomination. We're still super proud!

For more info about the project  click here.

'The Ball' Wins the Golden Plaque for short film



2 December 2011

At the 17th International Children's Film Festival of India, in Hyderabad our short 'The Ball' was awarded the Golden Plaque in a live televised award ceremony. The festival screened over 150 films and children from all over India attended. 

For more info about the project  click here.

'Crossing Hell's Mouth' to be shown in the US



5 April 2011

Universal Sports Television, a subsidiary of NBC Universal has acquired our documentary to be shown during their adventure month in April.  The channel is available in 65 million homes in the States.

For more info about the project  click here.

'The Ball' wins Best Short Film!



30 March 2011

The Ball has been selected as 'best short film' at the 2011 11mm Shortkicks Film Festival in Berlin, this accompanies the 'Special Jury Prize' that was awarded at the LA Ladyfilmmakers festival back in 2010.  

For more info about the project  click here

'The Camels That Race' in production



7 January 2011

After a 2 month shoot in the Sharqia sands region of Oman we are half way through production of our National Geographic Doc.  To be completed summer 2011, we'll be shooting the final section of the film in March 2011. 

For more info click here

ReflectFilms shown at awards ceremony at the Baltic



17 September 2010

Meerkat Films' produced the three ReflectFilms for Port of Tyne, they were shown last night at the high profile ceremony at the Baltic, Gateshead.  The films are 'Rift' directed by Alex Kinsey, 'Tunnel' by Carol Lynn and 'Tyne God' by Steven Gaythorpe and all can be seen on our Watch page or the reflect-tyne website.

Crossing Hell's Mouth to be broadcast on BBC FOUR 2



August 2010

Meerkat Films' documentary 'Crossing Hell's Mouth' will be broadcast on BBC FOUR on the 3rd of August at 2200.  If you miss it check it out on the iplayer.

For more info: Crossing Hell's Mouth

Swan Hunter Cranes are demolished - a sad day



4 June 2010

Meerkat filmed the demolition with a slo-mo camera and stereo sound - the end of an era - and a stirring watch: Click to play

'The Homing Instinct' to be screened at the Sage Gateshead



24 Mar 2010

Meerkat's 'The Homing Instinct' is to feature as part of the Sage's Words and Music Festival, where it will be screened in conjunction with a new musical work that was inspired by the film called 'Homing In'.

For more info: Sage Gateshead

Meerkat complete production of their drama 'The Ball'



24 Mar 2010

Meerkat's first short of 2010 is a collaboration between director Katja Roberts and writer Bridget Deane.  The film has a cast of children and features up-and-coming Natalie Garner, who has since acted in the BBC's 'Inspector George Gently' More info and trailer click here

Meerkat developing documentary about Camel Racing



1 Dec 2009

Following a successful month in the Middle East, Meerkat Films is now pursuing a documentary called 'The Camel Race', following the colourful world of camel racing and breeding in Oman, for more details see the trailer here: The Camel Race

Crossing Hell's Mouth broadcast changed



9 Oct 2009

Meerkat Films' documentary 'Crossing Hell's Mouth' will be broadcast on BBC 2, Scotland - 18th October 2009 at 7pm.  Viewers outside of Scotland can watch on the iplayer.

Crossing Hell's Mouth broadcast date announced



18 Sep 2009

Meerkat Films' documentary 'Crossing Hell's Mouth' will be broadcast on BBC 2, Scotland - 18th October 2009 at 9pm.  Viewers outside of Scotland can watch on the iplayer.

Meerkat complete production of their drama 'Because I Like you'



26 Jun 2009 Meerkat's first venture into drama, 'Because I Like you' is a 10min film funded by Northern Film and Media and the UK Film Council.  The film was shot on the Red One camera and stars Daniel Frost and Sophie Wu.

More info and trailer here

Crossing Hell's Mouth to be broadcast on BBC



26 Jun 2009

Meerkat Films' documentary 'Crossing Hell's Mouth' will be broadcast on BBC Scotland this year, with a possible re-run nationally in the future.

Meerkat Films will be creating a web TV station



10 Jan 2009

To co-inside with their 40th anniversary, the world renowned Amber Films have joined forces with Meerkat Films to create a Web TV station called SideTV.net. Alongside Amber's own films will be work from other independent filmmakers from around the country.  The service will be free for all and content will change weekly. See the site so far: www.sidetv.net

Meerkat Films short listed for 4Talent Award 2008



20 Oct 2008

Magnus Dennison and Katja Roberts have been shortlisted for the Long Documentary Category of the 4Talent Awards for 2008.  The decision was made on the back of Meerkat Films' documentary 'The Homing Instinct'.  The final result will be announced end of October 2008. See the list of shorlists: click here

Meerkat Films' Documentary 'The Homing Instinct' to be screened on National Television



20 Oct 2008

The Homing Instinct was completed earlier this year and has so far been screened at the Baltic, Gateshead as part of the Northern Film and Media's exhibition of the Capture films 2008.  It will receive a national tv broadcast on the Community Channel next year. For more info: The Homing Instinct