Lief teamed up with The Guardian Labs and documentary filmmaker Jessica Bishopp (BFI Doc Society, Berlinale Talents) to produce inspirational content for the Department for Education ’Show Me The Ropes’ program.
Two short docs focus on two unique young apprentices: K-Jo is crafting space structures at Oxford Space Systems, whilst Taf gets to create content at Channel 4. Founder of the hugely successful SBTV, Jamal Edwards, who is the official ‘Show Me The Ropes’ partner, enthusiastically steps into their shoes for the day, learning about their work places and discussing his own experiences.
‘I never thought it’d be possible to ever work in space’ K-Jo admits as she fixes minute nuts and bolds together deftly. With a childhood spent on a farm in rural Ireland, it’s easy to understand how a career developing and assembling contraptions that play a crucial role in our understanding and exploration of space seemed like a pipe dream. Taf’s journey hinges upon the stability he’s found through his career in London, ‘I’ve really made myself here’ he muses, ‘I’ve got this opportunity and I’m going to keep pushing myself’.
Jessica’s films are an encouraging reflection of the support received through apprenticeships and how this has helped to facilitate success. Having honed her own filmmaking skills on set rather than at film school, Jessica understands on a personal level the value of being given the opportunity and space to learn. 'These films mean a lot to me’ Jess notes ‘it was wonderful to see K-Jo and Taf flourishing in their workplaces and it was an honour to have them share their lives with us.’