Magic Me

Magic Me is looking to commission a film telling the story of Magic Me

Magic Me is looking to commission a film telling the story of Magic Me.

The commissioned film-maker/artist would be invited to film some of our current ongoing projects including 3 schools projects (bringing students from local schools in Tower Hamlets together with older people both from the community and in different care settings across the borough) as well as our Cocktails In Care Homes project where young working age volunteers go into care homes and organise monthly cocktail parties.  As well as filming general activity we also envisage a number of ‘talking-head’/interview segments.

Magic Me has been a leading intergenerational arts organisation since it began in 1989 and over the years we have produced a number of films and podcasts. We also have a large archive of photographs from previous projects.  We would be interested to see how these can be utilised within the film.  It may be that two films are created from the same footage – one telling the story of Magic Me in a straightforward documentary style and another showcasing the variety and quality of the artistic work we have created over the last three decades.

We have worked with many different film makers over this period and welcome them to apply for this opportunity, however we would like to increase the diversity of our organisation and are keen to hear from film makers new to Magic Me, and welcome applications particularly from POC/BAME and/or disabled artists.  We are also keen to hear from film-makers who live and/or work in Tower Hamlets.

The total budget for this commission is £1,000 and this includes artists/film-makers time, expenses, final edit and captioning. This is based on 3 x half days filming projects plus 3 days edit plus expenses. There is some flexibility in the budget, depending on final proposals presented at shortlisting stage.

To apply for this opportunity please send an email giving brief details of why you are particularly interested in the subject of intergenerational arts, why you think you can deliver this project successfully and a link to your online portfolio/YouTube/Vimeo or to website pages hosting your work.

This post will require an up to date DBS check. Please indicate if you have this when applying.

The application deadline is 4th February

We will contact shortlisted applicants by 6th February

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 12th February

Filming of projects will take place from end of February to end of March 2018.

We may ask shortlisted applicants to prepare a more detailed proposal for the interview.

To apply: please send an email detailing why you think you are right for this commission, what inspires you about intergenerational work and a link to any online sites hosting your work. Shortlisted applicants may be asked to prepare a more detailed proposal for the interview stage but this is not required initially.  Please email to

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Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery support Magic Me


Magic Me, has been awarded a special enabling award, of £100,000, by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The award will allow us to take forward our plans for long term growth over the next two years, supporting the expansion of our activities out of London and into the East of England.

We get many requests from organisations across the country for information and ideas. This grant will help us to share our expertise with many others, supporting them to start similar projects with more people, young and old.  We are already working with arts organisation, Metal, to take our intergenerational women’s project, Decorum, to Southend and Peterborough and have also recently worked with Essex Council to mentor intergenerational artists on a project in Rochford.

It is really great to see a major funder like the People’s Postcode Lottery acknowledge the importance of Magic Me’s work. Times are tough for many people and our fundraising is ongoing, to ensure  we can continue to serve the east London communities where we are based.

The announcement was made at one of our Cocktails in Care Homes parties at Elgin Close, an extra care scheme run by Notting Hill Housing Association.


Photos by Lisa Belletty from People’s Postcode Lottery