Kayaker to feature in documentary

Mahima Qureshi, Alan Fentiman, Hannah Underwood and Gary Carse.
Mahima Qureshi, Alan Fentiman, Hannah Underwood and Gary Carse.

The story of a Newbiggin kayaker who navigated the first ever anti-clockwise trip of the UK will feature in a new documentary.

Alan Fentiman, from Alnwick, who has previously worked on projects with the BBC, Channel 4 and Tate Modern, has created the documentary as part of a three-stage project produced by not-for-profit charity Keyfund and funded by social investor Nominet Trust.

The documentary, featuring 23-year-old Craig Leslie, from Newbiggin, explores the journey of four young people who have embarked on past Keyfund projects to achieve their dreams and asks Lord Shipley OBE and Dr Kate Hefferon, from the University of East London, for their views on ambition and how to achieve success.

It is part of a project named Ambition Lab.

The thought-provoking documentary will encourage viewers to think for themselves and asks them to complete a short survey before and after watching scenes to reveal whether or not their perceptions have been changed by the film.

Craig, one of the film’s stars alongside his brother and friend, was supported by Keyfund to navigate the first ever anti-clockwise kayak trip around the UK.

Following this success the trio decided to launch the ‘Land on our Left’ organisation, which supports other youngsters who wish to take up similar challenges and inspire young people to believe in their dreams.

Hannah Underwood, CEO of Keyfund, said: “Ambition Lab is exploring what ingredients are needed for young people to achieve their ambitions and solve their own challenges.

“The documentary shares our findings with the world to provoke thought and action.

“Alan Fentiman is a fantastic filmmaker and we’re very lucky to have him work alongside us on this project.

“He’s really captured what the Ambition Lab project is all about.”