Eyewitness Media Ltd is a media company based near Leeds making ground-breaking TV and film from a visual, diverse perspective.
The company was set up by RTS-award winning screenwriter Charlie Swinbourne, also a director and journalist, who has made comedies, dramas and documentaries from a Deaf cultural perspective, in British Sign Language, for the last decade.
Charlie’s creations as a writer director include the innovative BSL comedy sketch show Deaf Funny (winner of the RTS Yorkshire Writer award 2018 and Best TV Programme at Deafest 2019), the series of Found documentaries, the Four Deaf Yorkshiremen comedies, and hit short film The Kiss.
As a screenwriter, he penned the award-winning 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 the NSPCC which has clocked up over 1 million views online.
Charlie is currently a member of the BBC Writer’s Room’s Writers Access Group, attending monthly workshops about writing across the BBC’s output.
In the last two years, Eyewitness Media has co-produced six programmes for broadcast, with two brand-new episodes of Deaf Funny due out in the autumn of 2019.
We also worked on an innovative documentary for Australian broadcaster SBS and 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.
As a journalist, Charlie has written for the Guardian, Mirror and BBC Online. He is the editor of the world’s most popular Deaf blog, The Limping Chicken, which has clocked up over 6 million views since 2012. Shortly after starting the site, Charlie broke the worldwide news story about the fake interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
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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.