Welcome to Eyewitness Media

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Eyewitness Media Ltd is a new media company making television and film from a visual perspective, with an emphasis on diversity.

The company was founded by Deaf writer, director, producer and journalist Charlie Swinbourne and we are based near Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire.

Whether your project is big or small, email charlie@eyewitnessmedia.co.uk and get in touch!

We have just co-produced four new TV programmes for BSL Zone with Wellington Films.

These are episode 3 and episode 4 of the RTS-winning comedy sketch show Deaf Funny, and two new documentaries about Deaf identity, Found in Sport and Found at the Deaf Club.

All four programmes were written and directed by Charlie Swinbourne and produced by Rachel Robey, and are being broadcast in Autumn 2018.

RTS award Charlie.jpgIn July 2018, Charlie won an RTS Yorkshire Writer award for writing the first two episodes of Deaf Funny, and is now starting work on episodes 5 and 6 which will be filmed in early 2019.

We have also made two short films for the charity SignHealth. Coercion aimed to illustrate controlling behaviour in relationships, while The Test aimed to educate young Deaf people about sexual health.

In 2017, we also worked with an Australian broadcaster on an online documentary about a Deaf couple living in the UK.

Eyewitness Media founder Charlie Swinbourne is an award-winning director and screenwriter who has specialised in making TV and films in British Sign Language for the last decade.

Charlie is himself deaf, and grew up in a deaf family. Charlie’s work as a writer/director includes the BSL comedy sketch show Deaf Funny, the Found documentaries, the Four Deaf Yorkshiremen comedies, and hit short film The Kiss.

Screen Shot 2017-10-21 at 07.48.18As a screenwriter, he penned the award-winning TV dramas My Song and Departure Lounge, rude mockumentary Hands Solo, the mini-series The Fingerspellers and YouTube smash Coming Out. He also wrote a short film for NSPCC explaining the charity’s Underwear Rule to Deaf young people which has nearly 1 million views online.

As a journalist, Charlie has written for the Guardian, BBC online, and the Mirror. He has edited The Limping Chicken since 2012, which is now the world’s most popular deaf blog, clocking up over 5 million views. In 2013, Charlie broke the worldwide news story about the fake interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

Charlie has appeared on Radio 4, BBC Breakfast News, BBC World Service, BBC Trending,  Watchdog, BBC London, the BBC Ouch podcast, and the Abnormally Funny People Podcast.

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Eyewitness Media Ltd is registered in England and Wales, Company number 10891135. Registered office: 9 Avenue Victoria, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JE.