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November 2017

Freedom City

Freedom City has now drawn to a close and Patrick Collerton is very proud of his contribution to the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King receiving an honorary degree at Newcastle University.

As well as giving Freedom City its name, Patrick originated and exec produced the development of the centrepiece event, Freedom On The Tyne, recruited Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller for his project MLK1967 and curated the cultural programme across NewcastleGateshead. Freedom City was a partnership between Newcastle University, NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Northern Roots.

Geordie Jazz in Chicago

Abi Lewis is in the Windy City presenting The Geordie Jazz Man at the prestigious Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest)

October 2017

Random Actors

The C4/ACE Random Acts North three year artists' film project with Patrick Collerton execing, has been gathering plaudits. Produced by Tyneside Cinema and True North Productions – to date, with 24 films being produced a year, all but one have been picked up by C4 to be shown online and eight selected for television broadcast making the Random Acts North justly celebrated.

Films selected for television broadcast are:

September 2017

The Geordie Jazz Man plays well worldwide

Abi Lewis' first feature doc, The Geordie Jazz Man, has been wowing festivals worldwide and has already picked up two awards, Jury's Award of Best International Short at North West Fest, Canada and Best Cinematography Award at Solo Positivo, Croatia. Patrick Collerton execs, Abi Lewis directs.

The team are now working on a follow up feature length music documentary featuring an international legend.

November 2015

A Special Moment In Time - Martin Luther King in Newcastle upon Tyne

On November 13, 2017, NewcastleGateshead will come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr King's acceptance of an honorary degree at Newcastle University – the only time he was honoured by a British University in his lifetime. It was the last time Dr King addressed an international audience. His speech, where Dr King outlined the three evils of war, poverty and racism, was filmed and has recently come to light.

Freedom City 2017 will draw on the themes of war, poverty and racism highlighted by Dr King, which remain as relevant today as they were in 1967.

To mark this important anniversary Newcastle Gateshead will become host to Freedom City 2017, a two year programme of arts, culture and debate that will alter the cultural landscape of the North East using this unique event as a catalyst for change.

Patrick has the honour, with his brother Adam, of being Creative Director of the celebrations with Amanda Drago producing.

The website for Freedom City is www.freedomcity2017.com

Here’s a link for an article around the launch of Freedom City

July 2015

Random Actor

Patrick is thrilled to take on the role of Executive Producer for the ACE/C4 scheme Random Acts across the North. Run by Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne and Leeds production company True North the scheme will allow many young artists the the chance to make a boundary pushing film over the next two and a half years.

April 2015

Be Aware

Continuing work that is close to his heart Patrick has directed a cancer aware advert for Northern Ireland. Produced through MTP by Ciara Barry for PHA Northern Ireland. First time in Belfast! Talk to your doctor.

February 2015

To Boldly Go

The BFI has backed Patrick's latest feature film. The development will take him to Afghanistan, Swindon and many points in between.

September 2014

The Jazz Man

Abi Lewis' first time feature documentary explores the strange world of Newcastle upon Tyne legend Keith Crombie - founder of The Jazz Cafe. Through Film A Go Go, Patrick Collerton execing.

May 2014

Two Awards

Patrick’s advert, School Morning, Don't Be The 1 has been lucky enough to receive two awards at the Roses Creative Awards 2014. The advert received the Grand Prix, the highest award, as well as the winning Gold in the TV/Cinema Commercial over 21 seconds category.

April 2014

Patrick’s got a brand new showreel

It’s stuffed full of goodies and you can watch it here.

February 2014

Don't Be The 1

Patrick has just directed an emotive anti-smoking cancer advert through MTP in his native North East. Called Don’t Be The 1 it’s had a great reaction from both industry and public. You can find it here http://dontbethe1.tv/

Five Stars, David Reviews ‘It’s rare that something manages to be both hard-hitting and touching at the same time… but this film manages to pull it off.’

October 2013

Poppies To Pomegranates

We’re currently financing our new feature documentary about the extraordinary life and times of James Brett. Developed with Sky Atlantic it’s a redemption story telling of one man’s quest to bring peace to Afghan warzones through the power of the pomegranate.

This former victim of sex abuse, ex drug smuggler and founder of UK drink giant Pomegreat has enlisted 55,000 tribal elders, Prince Charles, the Aga Khan, Waitrose and Ben & Jerrys’ ice cream to help him in his mission. With more twists than the Bourne Identity this is a thrilling adventure tale with a massive emotional pull.

February 2013

Sky Developments

Yipp is currently working on two exciting developments with Sky. One is an improvised drama series and the other an innovative and emotional feature documentary for Sky Atlantic.

October 2012

Ginger Nut

Away from the sand pit, Olympian Greg Rutherford shows his talent as a comic actor in a mockumentary launching his Localgiving.com ambassadorship. Patrick directed Greg, who took gold in the Long Jump event on Super Saturday at London 2012, in this spoof which sends up the dark side of celebrity. Localgiving.com is a charity that makes it easy to give to small, local charities and community groups in the UK. The film can be found at http://localgiving.com/greg

August 2012

Size Doesn’t Matter

Little Big Things is a campaign for Axa Insurance that Patrick’s directed. The films focus on the small things that can make a big difference to cancer care. It's both on air and online and can be found at http://experts.axappphealthcare.co.uk/cancer/littlebigthings/

May 2012

Patrick likes Prague so much he's back there directing a further commercial for Colgate.

September 2011

After a development period, Yipp is pushing forward with a number of new projects. The highlights are…

Czech Mates

Patrick is off to Prague to direct a series of commercials for a major brand targeting territories across the Eurozone.

Tallinn Stag

Penned by Peter Straughan, writer of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy amongst other notable films, this feature script has now been finished and we’re entering the financing phase of the project. Produced by Ruth Caleb and directed by Patrick Collerton.

October 2010

It ASDA be me…

Patrick is currently directing a series of commercials for ASDA through RSA Films for the advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi.

September 2010

Wor Drama

Joe Maddison’s War, the feature length directorial drama debut of Patrick Collerton was screened on September 19th at 9pm. A World War Two drama starring Kevin Whately, Robson Green, Derek Jacobi and Melanie Hill, it was the last screenplay by the late, great, Alan Plater (Z Cars, Beiderbecke Affair, A Very British Coup). Produced by Howard Ella, it was a Mammoth Screen Production.

It gained an astonishing 6.2m viewers and was warmly received by the critics. This is what they said;

“This was a perfect and perfectly simple drama of a shipyard worker on Tyneside whose wife leaves him for a naval officer.” Financial Times

“It certainly had the best of Plater in it, from his dry humane wit to his willingness to take a swerve into deep emotion.” The Independent

“A poignant and witty tale of self discovery.” The Daily Telegraph

“Decency in drama is dead. Alan Plater snuck in with Joe Maddison’s War just as the curtains closed and life became dark.” Radio Times

August 2010

Geordie Nation

Patrick Collerton has signed with Ridley Scott’s RSA Films for commercials work. Posted 23.8.2010

July 2010

Drama Delivered

Patrick has now finished directing the ITV1 single drama Joe Maddison’s War through Mammoth Screen. Set on Tyneside during World War Two it's a story of love, loss and friendship set against the background of the Home Guard. Sadly, this is legendary writer Alan Plater’s last film as he died on June 26th. It is due to air on ITV1 in the Autumn. Posted 23.8.2010

January 2010

Big Drama

Patrick Collerton is now directing a major television drama to be aired later in the year. Posted 30.1.2010

NatWest Sees In The New Year

Shot in Chichester, the latest NatWest advert updates stories from an earlier Savings ad and reveals the ongoing care that the bank has for its customers. Patrick Collerton directs, Iris Maor produces. Posted 30.1.2010

Looking for the Northern Stars of 2010!

Update: Closed for applications.
If you love film and think you might have the talent to work in the industry one day, then Northern Stars is a unique training opportunity for 15-18 year-olds that will give you the chance to meet and work with the very best film professionals.Have YOU got what it takes?! Posted 7.1.2010

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Don’t Be The 1
 Don’t Be The 1

James Brett
 Poppies To Pomegranates

Joe Maddison’s War
 Joe Maddison’s War

Joe Maddison’s War
 Kevin Whately and Robson Green, stars of Joe Maddison’s War, filmed at the former Swan Hunter yard

Northern Stars Young Filmmaker Academy 2009
 Northern Stars Young Filmmaker Academy 2009