This trailer for Alex's children's urban fantasy 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds' was shot on location at Oxford prison and in the studio. The narration was taken directly from the book's text. And the film was directed by John Mac, while the animated sequence was created by Hogarth Worldwide who also edited, graded and dubbed the film.
Centrepoint, the charity for homeless young people in the UK, wanted us to create a film that dispelled stereotypes about homelessness. There are any number of reasons why young people end up on the streets. The truth is that homelessness can happen to anyone. We are all victims of circumstance. So by showing a French girl in London running away from her own personal demons, we were able to convey this universal sense of desperation that many homeless youngsters feel when they find themselves on the street for the first time.