Regenda Group film ‘Locked Away’ shortlisted for National Smiley Award

Music in mind film playing with orchestra

Thanks to the public’s vote, our short film commissioned at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, has been shortlisted for an award!

With the help of Music in Mind, ‘Locked Away’ a musical piece was composed to capture how people were affected by the pandemic. The piece is supported by a short film capturing the personal stories of people who live and work in the areas we operate in. It features perspectives from Petrus’ service users, residents in Regenda Homes properties and staff from The Learning Foundry. Our organisations operated on the front line during the pandemic, and it was important to us that those voices were heard.

Sonia Denham, Head of Petrus, comments on the nomination:

“This is absolutely brilliant news, the whole process from the initial meeting and discussions to watching the film with the live orchestra was so empowering for the people involved. I’m over the moon.”

Together with Music in Mind, our film ‘LOCKED AWAY’, uses music and art to give a voice to the seldom heard. The film uses the melodies of speech and the haunting images of lockdown, to tell the real life stories from the pandemic.”

Composer from Music in Mind, John McHugh, celebrates the collaboration:

“It’s great to see the piece being recognised. It has been great to see the work between Regenda Homes, Petrus and The Learning Foundry come together.”

First premiered in March 2020 at the Good Business Festival featuring musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, it is amazing to see the piece and members of our Group recognised.

Watch the film here: Smiley Charity Film Awards

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