Natasha Hawthornthwaite and Carla Mellor
Filmmaker Natasha Hawthornthwaite and spoken word poet Carla Mellor are a couple living in Wigan.
Natasha Hawthornthwaite has recently been selected as 1 of 20 next generation BFI Working class filmmakers. She has been commissioned to make films for the likes of BBC, Random Acts North and the Mirror. Born in the working class mill town of Darwen, Natasha has grown to become a deeply emotionally intelligent documentary maker whose films cannot fail to move you. Natasha likes to explore themes of identity, self discovery with a passion for shining a light on working class stories.
Carla Mellor is an up and coming spoken word poet. Her poem 'a kingdom united' featured on BBC breakfast and she was a guest poet for Louise Fazackerley at her recent book launch. Born and bred in Yorkshire she currently lives in Wigan, and begun posting Instagram poems in 2018 as @poetryforthepeople, writing accessible, down to earth, relatable words for the everyday person.
After the success of their first collaboration ‘A Kingdom United,’ the couple are keen to collaborate again. Since moving to Wigan just over a year ago they have fallen in love with the town and want to tell it's story through their residency. Wigan doesn’t shout enough about it’s beautiful stories, buildings and heritage and that’s what the couple want to unearth in their new collaboration.
The project aims to tell a number of different Wigan stories in the words of the towns residents through poetry and film in a way that says something new about the town but also pays tribute to it’s heritage.
If you’d like to get involved or have a story to tell then please get in touch.