Tish Murtha’s images of those on the margins of society challenged and documented the inequality faced by working-class communities, and in equal measures celebrated what it means to be working-class.

TISH is a journey of exploration for Ella; a chance to elevate and preserve Tish’s legacy and tell the story of an artist and a woman outside of the mother that existed for her. The documentary will present an intimate exploration of Tish’s motivations and political views, the challenges she faced as a young working-class woman from the Northeast, and the value society places on working-class communities and artists.

The film is directed by Paul Sng (Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché, Dispossession) and produced by Jen Corcoran (Hide and Seek) through Teesside-based Freya Films and Sng's Velvet Joy Productions, with cinematography by Hollie Galloway.

At a time when it is harder than ever for art to get made – as we feel the bite of another major recession following on from 10 years of hard austerity – we’re excited to elevate the story of a female working-class artist and a story from the northeast of Britain told by a team of filmmakers with strong ties to those same communities.

COMING IN 2022... 

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