In 2022 we made our first foray into feature films, executive producing Independence, a bold and original film from Director, Karl Jackson. Independence tells the story of Amba, played by Joanna Rutagambwa. After turning 18, Amba has abruptly left the care system and moved in to her first home, alone. She now faces the ‘care-cliff’ as she struggles to survive living independently.
The film’s director is Karl Jackson and it is produced by his company MirrorDoor and executive produced by Matthew Gordon at Spectra and Aaliah Simpson at the British Film Institute (BFI).
Spectra teamed up to welcome award winning author Sathnam Sanghera back to his home city.
The Times journalist, author and presenter featured alongside a panel of leading thinkers to discuss several themes emerging from Sathnam’s book Empireland – How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain and Channel 4 television series Empire State of Mind, which together explore how Imperialism has shaped modern Britain.Empire Reflecting Back had a particular focus on the experiences and reflections of Wolverhampton’s Black and Asian populations.
The Empathy Summit challenged the education and business communities to be more empathetic to the care leaver population and ensure that the most vulnerable young people are presented with the opportunities to lead healthy and successful lives.The Summit was inspired by the author of The Empathy Instinct Sir Peter Bazalgette and featured Lemn Sissay MBE, Poet, Author and Chancellor of University of Manchester; Julie Towers, Managing Director of global recruiter, Penna and many other distinctive voices.The event revolved around specially arranged music, film, poetry as well as engaging panel discussions. It explored innovative and pioneering diversity and inclusion initiatives from leading universities, employers and public bodies and heard how government is looking to shape policy to increase support for young people leaving the care system.This essential diversity forum was produced by Spectra and the Care Leaver Covenant, a Department for Education funded programme in partnership with The Guardian Jobs, Universities UK and Greater London Authority.