Written by Kianna Best on Feb 22, 2024. Posted in Production News

Bristol shot Boarders highlights representation and talent development on both sides of the camera

Boarders is the newest comedy drama from BBC 3. Shot entirely in Bristol and the South West of England, the series was created by BAFTA nominee Daniel Lawrence Taylor. Supporters Bristol Film Office worked with the production team to include local crew talent including camera trainee Jojo Bossman.


Boarders BTS filming in Bristol (image credits BBC/ Studio Lambert/All3Media)


Produced by Studio Lambert in association with All3Media, Boarders is a high octane comedy drama following the lives of five talented black inner-city teenagers navigating their way through the alien British public school system. Studio Lambert, known for projects such as The Nest and Three Girls,  worked closely with the local support of Bristol Film Office to provide production office spaces and nearby car parking for crew during the five month shoot in Clifton.


Daniel Lawrence & crew filming Boarders in Bristol (image credit BBC/Studio Lambert/All3Media)


Madeleine Sinclair, executive producer for Studio Lambert commented: "The premise of the show is about access to opportunity and that was important to reflect in the production and crew. With the help of the Bristol Film Office, we aimed to attract local talent and give opportunities to those from underrepresented backgrounds across the crew. In addition to this, we brought on Latent Pictures, a Bristol-based company working with underrepresented filmmakers, to produce all our ‘behind the scenes’ footage.”


Latent Pictures trainees working on Boarders (image credit Latent Pictures)


“We had a number of ScreenSkills trainees in our HMU, Sound and Assistant Director departments and shadow directors joining us regularly on set. I think it was hugely valuable to the production because we had some really fantastic people and it made for a really interesting and buzzy set with crew from a whole range of backgrounds, who each brought their own different experiences."


With a priority on spotlighting local crew talent, Bristol Film Office also liaised with Latent Pictures, the organisers of a paid development programme in Bristol for underrepresented filmmakers. Their involvement contributed around 90 crew members, 70% consisting of regional crew and 55% from Bristol and the South West. Amongst the team was 23-year-old  camera trainee Jojo Bossman from Bedminster in the South of Bristol.


“Boarders was definitely the most diverse show or feature I've ever worked on, which was wonderful,” they commented. “It was a really significant milestone for me in that it was the first long form job created by and starring Black people I've worked on.”


Jojo Bossman - Camera Trainee - Boarders


“Collaborating with All3Media and Studio Lambert to create an engaging EPK (electronic press kit) was a great experience not only for the team, but for all of the Latent Talent we were able to provide paid training for,” stated Prince Taylor, executive producer at Latent Pictures. “We could see how representation and authenticity were priorities for all involved and this helped create a learning environment that meant our trainees could really thrive, connecting with what they were learning and the wider teams involved.”


Filmed across Bristol and the South West, other filming locations included Ashton Court, Carolina House on Dove Street, Redcliff Hill, Stokes Croft and St Nicholas Market, Chavenage House near Tetbury and in Weston-Super-Mare. Filming for interiors also took place on sets built at The Bottle Yard Studios.


Boarders BTS filming in Bristol (image credit BBC/Studio Lambert/All3Media)


Line producer, Carleen Beadle-Larcombe, commented “Bristol Film Office were exemplary in helping source locations. There were last minute location changes needed because of weather or cast availability – alternatives options were quickly suggested and things like parking suspensions and road closures were issued quickly and efficiently. In addition Bristol Film Office helped Boarders source last minute Graffiti artists which were needed in order for us to complete filming at a new location.”


Boarders is created and written by Lawrence Taylor, with episodes written by Emma Dennis-Edwards, Yemi Oyefuwa and Ryan Calais Cameron, and script edited by Missy Howard. Ethosheia Hylton and Sarmad Masud serve as directors on the project with production by Ali MacPhail. Executive producers are Lawrence Taylor, with Susan Hogg and Madeleine Sinclair for Studio Lambert and Nawfal Faizullah and Ayela Butt for the BBC.


Latent Pictures - trainees working on Boarders (image credit Latent Pictures)


Boarders is now available as a boxset on BBC iPlayer. Episode one aired on BBC Three on Tuesday 20th February and further episodes will air weekly.


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