Help us bring Transforming Cinema to Sheffield!

Transforming Cinema

We are in the running for The People’s Project and we want your vote so that we can create a Sheffield film festival with a difference.

Our project, Transforming Cinema, aims to give transgender and gender nonconforming people a voice and a platform in a society that all too often doesn’t allow for this. Depression, self-harm and suicide are some of the issues that affect trans people to a much higher rate than non-trans people; media representation is low and the messages we do hear are negative, unhelpful and even harmful.

We want to challenge this by creating Transforming Cinema, a film festival that champions trans people, films and stories.

But it’s not just about an event; we would also mentor people in South Yorkshire to help them create their own films to submit to the festival. Our project would add to the great tradition of creativity and filmmaking that we already have in Sheffield and it would really put our city on the map as the welcoming, warm and inclusive destination we know it to be.

At E.D.E.N Film Productions, a Sheffield-based social enterprise, we have been working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people for three years, producing and screening films across the region. We want to continue this work to make sure we see a diverse range of people on the big screen, not just already big Hollywood names.

By working together with the Sheffield community we would to create Transforming Cinema, a project and event that would educate and promote a more open and inclusive society that embraces diversity and welcomes all, whoever we are. We hope that you will help us by giving us your vote.


Vote for Transforming Cinema using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Simply head to People’s Project Website and vote Transforming Cinema!

Voting opens at 9am on Monday 29th February and closes on Sunday 13 March at 12pm (midday).

You can also vote by post, to vote by post please send a postcard to: Freepost THE PEOPLE’S PROJECTS

Please include the following details: name, address and telephone number of the voter and the name of the project they are voting for. These details are also available by phoning 0800 197 8610.

Please remember you can only vote once per person per region.

Something About Us – Premiere Screening

Two films made by the Worksop Out on Wednesday (WOW) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans support service at The Centre Place and E.D.E.N Film Productions as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded history project ‘Something About Us’ were screened at the Savoy Cinema, Worksop on the 3rd of February 2016. Over 60 people attended the screening to watch the end result of the research and recordings which compare how life was to be LGBT to the present-day, with a focus on the local area. David Edgley (Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage) provided a presentation focusing on general LGBT history as an introduction to the films.

‘Something About Us’ is a project run by E.D.E.N Film Productions, which began in June 2015, that has involved the young people attending the W.O.W service researching and recording what it was like historically to be LGBT. The project provided training in archive research, oral history and filmmaking techniques. The young people produced a documentary film ‘Something About Us’ using their oral history interviews and findings from research from Nottinghamshire and Sheffield Archives. Throughout the project the young people have been recording their own on-going reflections of the process on and have produced a separate reflective film ‘W.O.Wing me, W.O.Wing you’. 

Managing Director of E.D.E.N Film Productions, Claire Watkinson said, “The young people of W.O.W have worked extremely hard throughout the project and it has been fantastic to see their confidence develop alongside acquiring creative and historical skills. The two films were really well received at the screening with brilliant feedback and we are looking forward to sharing the films with more audiences.”

Helen Azar Manager of The Centre Place and W.O.W service added- “We are extremely proud of what the young people have achieved throughout the project. We received excellent feedback from those that attended the screening on both the content of the films and the positive work being done with the young LGBT community by The Centre Place. The screening has been a great start to LGBT history month for the area and for us as an organisation it marks the celebration of 7 successful years in delivering specialist LGBT support through the W.O.W service and 20 years of supporting vulnerable young people throughout Bassetlaw.”

For more information regarding W.O.W at The Centre Place please text WOW to 07977637167, or call 01909 479191/ To find out more about E.D.E.N Film Productions or the Something About Us project visit

The films can also be seen at several other locations over LGBT History Month, which includes:

12th of February at Sheffield Hallam University – Main Building (Owen) – Pennine Lecture theatre from 6pm  –
19th of February at Nottinghamshire Archives at 2.30pm-4.30pm
23rd of February at Nottinghamshire’s Rainbow Heritage Awards 7-9pm

The films will also be available to view online at E.D.E.N Film Productions website,

Sheffield’s Equality Hub Network

This is a short video about Sheffield’s Equality Hub Network.

To help with our evaluation process please complete this short survey to provide feedback on the video:

The Network is made up of the following Equality Hubs based on protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010:

– Age Hub (young people and older people)
– BME Hub (Black and Minority Ethnic)
– Carers’ Hub
– Disability Hub
– LGBT Hub (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans)
– Religion/Belief Hub (includes no religion/belief)
– Women’s Hub

Quarterly events bring all the Equality Hubs together on cross-cutting themes.

Get Involved:

Email: or go to the website.

Premiere screening at Worksop’s Savoy Cinema

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Premiere screening at Worksop’s Savoy Cinema of the two LGBT History films made on E.D.E.N Film Production’s, Something About Us Project.

The two films made by the W.O.W group during the Something About Us project are screening at the Savoy Cinema in Worksop for end of project celebration and as part of LGBT History Month on the 3rd of February 2016. The event will start at 6pm with the two films screening from 6.30pm. There will be a Q&A with members of W.O.W about their experiences on the project and making the film. David Edgely from Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage will also be providing a historical presentation.

Filming Oral History Interview - Nottingham PubSomething About Us is a project, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund that has involved working with young people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group W.O.W in Worksop. The project aimed to research and record what it was like historically to be LGBT. The group worked together to compare the past and the present-day, with a focus on the local area.

The project provided training in archive research, oral history and filmmaking techniques. Learning these skills gave the young LGBT people a voice; the ability to share the history they found, aiding local understanding of the LGBT community. The young people have produced a documentary film Something About Us using their oral history interviews and archive research findings, while recording their own on-going reflections of the research process on GoPro cameras and producing a separate reflective film W.O.Wing me, W.O.Wing you. 

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Full group picture Nottingham ArchivesThe young people have been on several trips including Nottinghamshire Pride, Nottinghamshire Archives, Sheffield Archives and Sheffield Local Studies. Documenting their journey as they learnt about their history.

The films are also screening at several other locations as part of LGBT History Month, which includes, 12th of February at Sheffield Hallam University from 6pm. The 19th of February at Nottingham Archives at 2.30pm-4.30pm and the 23rd of February at Nottinghamshire’s Rainbow Heritage Awards 7-9pm.

You can book your free tickets for the Savoy Cinema here:



Remember, Remember the 20th of November: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

It was a evening we had been working towards for months and it turned into a night we will remember for years.

The 20th of November is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day commemorating the transgender people who have lost their lives to transphobia and hate crime around the world.

This year on Transgender Day of Remembrance many woke up to the shocking news that transgender woman Vicky Thompson had died in a male hospital in Leeds. Her passing took the transgender death toll of 2015 to a sickening 271 and it was with heavy hearts that we attended the Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony in Sheffield Winter Gardens.

Nell Stockton of LGBT Sheffield led the event which featured a hard hitting poem by Sarah Thomasin, moving speeched by Tracey Howard and Debs Aliya Lindley, especially composed music by Madge Wollard and Jo Whateley, a minute of noise and a candlelit vigil.

Earlier that day The University of Sheffield Student Union’s LGBT society had organised events on the topics of transgender lives, including an I’ll Go With You workshop by Zac Snape, and many of those attending the ceremony that evening were students, a generation of young voices mourning those lost too soon.

But it wasn’t just young people who had come along; people of all walks of life gathered to light a candle, listen and reflect on the very real, harsh realities faced by those who are transgender.

After the ceremony, which left no one untouched, many of us headed down to the Odeon cinema for the premiere screening of Trashing Transphobia, the documentary that one of our film groups had been working on this autumn.


The film, which had taken 15 learners, two mentors, 13 weeks and endless hours of learning, filming and editing to produce, sees Laura Holt go on a journey to discover what the transgender community goes through and why.

Meeting with different trans men, trans women, support workers, activists, researchers, allies and families she uncovers some of the transphobia prevalent in society today and she comes to the conclusion that we need to open our hearts and listen to those who are transgender. “That is how we trash transphobia,” she says.


Making the documentary was at times a tough, time consuming and often very emotional job but it was also fun, eye-opening and immensely rewarding and still it only felt like we scratched the surface of the topic. There were many more stories that needed telling than the film would allow for but the end result is one to be proud of. And the demand to see it was big.


When we released the tickets for the premiere screening at the Odeon in Sheffield we didn’t know what the interest might be like but we were overwhelmed to find that all tickets were reserved with weeks left until the screening. On the night we had a long queue of people hoping for spare seats and we ended up with a packed out cinema. Not a seat was free and not an eye was dry once the film had finished playing.

Once the applause had faded many of us headed up to the Viper Rooms, a city centre bar that we had hired out for the evening together with LGBT Sheffield and The University of Sheffield. The Viper Rooms had kindly created Mermaid cocktails especially for us, a lovely touch considering we had been fundraising for Mermaids, a charity helping transgender children and their families, whose Chairperson we interviewed in Trashing Transphobia.

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DJ Lola, Fruits and Heather spun tracks and Nell announced the different activities that we had organised together with her and the Sheffield University LGBT society’s Gemma. We had people writing down examples of transphobia and trashing it in a trash can, we had people making wishes for a better future with local drag queen Tia-Anna pinning them to a board of wishes and all in all we had a club full of people enjoying themselves whilst feeling safe.


The atmosphere was truly inclusive and it was great to see everyone relaxing after what had been a long project and a tough day. It was a party and we wanted to celebrate the film premiere but for us it was also important that we continued to remember the purpose of the event and that we look to the future to ensure we make it a positive one for transgender people around the world.


As we went to leave for the final party of the night, this one at the newly opened OMG nightclub, one of the transgender participants told me they hadn’t been out in town for years, for fears of feeling unsafe. Tonight was a milestone in their life; a time when they could be out and about on a Friday night, enjoying themselves. It was great to hear but at the same it was heartbreaking. This is the way it should always be; anyone and everyone should feel safe to go outside, meet people and enjoy themselves. Whenever, wherever and whoever they are.


We are lucky to live in Sheffield where acceptance of transgender people is growing. We are lucky to have passionate people like Nell Stockton, Gemma Halliwell, Claire Watkinson and the fantastic group of people who made the Trashing Transphobia film. Not to mention all the business owners who let us film on their premises and who welcomed us host our events at theirs – or the volunteers helping make our films happen, or the 110+ people who wanted to come and see the premiere of Trashing Transphobia. It is good to see that among all the darkness of rising hate crime statistic and death rates there are flickers of light and of positivity.


The Sheffield Trans* Map is a great initiative and a wonderful example of this. It asks businesses and establishments to guarantee a safe experience for anyone visiting their premises, regardless of gender and so far it has been a great success with many signing up. (You can view it here.) We can only hope that the map will expand and that more pubs, bars, shops, restaurants, cafes and service providers will sign up. Because if there is one thing that stands out from this event then it is that genuine collaboration, reaching out hands to help and not to grab, talking with one-another and being vocal about our support to those that most need it; those are the thing that create progress and positive change.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was in many ways a sad and dark day but it was also a turning point and a wake-up call for many; Together we can Trash Transphobia. And that we must always remember.



Go behind the scenes of Trashing Transphobia

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. To remember the lives that have been tragically lost.

To mark this day we have been running a filmmaking course since August with the LGBT community to produce a film that tackles the discrimination the transgender community often face. The film titled, Trashing Transphobia, is screening tonight at the Sheffield Odeon from 7pm.

We’ve made a short film to take you behind the scenes of the project. The participants all worked so hard and we have thoroughly enjoyed running the project.


Trashing Transphobia

We are excited to share with you the film poster for Trashing Transphobia, designed by Harriet Argyle.

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Trashing Transphobia has been created by the participants involved with the Trashing Transphobia project funded by The Big Lottery Fund. The participants on the project have been involved with all aspects of the film, learning filmmaking skills, filming several interviews and lots of editing. They have learned how to use a Canon C100, Canon 5D and GoPro cameras, radio microphones, how to operate a boom pole and using Final Cut X.

Trashing Transphobia aims to tackle the discrimination that the transgender community often face. It follows Laura Holt, speaking with members of the transgender community alongside charitable organisations.

The film premieres next week at the Sheffield Odeon on Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20th November.

Please find the full programme below:

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