June 30, 2017

A Community Project Celebrating the Best Human Characteristics

At People United, we are delighted to share with you our film about The Best of Us, our three year, place-based project co-created with and funded by Newington Big Local. 

Filmmaker Tim Knights was commissioned to create the film which tells the story of the project, the people who participated, and the impact The Best of Us has had on them.

The film captures the many activities which spanned the project including; Memory Teas where local residents shared their memories of Newington, a light installation at Turner Contemporary with young people and artist Leandro Stafford, collaborative work between creative champions and artist-in-residence Nova Marshall and a magical Whispering Forest.  The film offers a glimpse into the life of a project that grew from people’s enthusiasm and desire to tell positive stories about their family and neighbours through all kinds of art forms and creativity.

People United’s special tenth anniversary artwork, Hug Bag, co-commissioned with Newington Big Local and the Creative Champions is featured in the film at Best Fest 2016.

The film celebrates the work of People United, giving a glimpse into how we developing a long term project in a community and encourage long lasting legacies.

The story of arts in Newington has continued and we are currently supporting local residents in their plans for Best Fest 2017 which takes place on Saturday 22 July 2017.

More about The Best of Us
The Best of Us was an arts and kindness project developed in partnership with a resident-led partnership Newington Big Local to uncover stories (both past and present) that reflect the best human characteristics and strengths of the people in Newington, Ramsgate and beyond.

Unearthed and explored through a whole host of arts and creativity including film, photography, dance, visual installations, sound, song, and urban art, people shared their capacity for kindness and creativity.

Together, local residents, artists, schools and community groups gathered stories of bravery, citizenship, hope, zest and persistence and in doing so revealed the commonalities between people regardless of difference. They have used the arts as a means of making a difference in their community through positive social action. Visit The Best of Us project page here.

Tim Knights
Tim is a London based filmmaker with a Masters in Documentary Directing from the National Film and Television School. His work has been screened at Sheffield Doc:Fest, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, the East End Film Festival and also at the BFI. ‘Love Me Tender’ was shortlisted for a Grierson Award. He also directs and works as a camera operator on commissions for numerous clients. Visit Tim’s website here.

  • Download the The Best of Us Report from our resources page here.
  • See more of People United’s films here.