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Owain Astles Bristol/London/New York, United Kingdom

I’m a film and theatre-maker, activist and photographer. My work focuses around representation and empowerment of marginalised communities, art as activism and immersive environments in film and theatre.

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I am a BBC Arts-commissioned New Creative, with whom I’m working on a short documentary about solitary confinement in Young Offender’s Institutions. My past experience includes directing Sleeping Rough, a docudrama film about street homelessness in the UK, an Exeter Phoenix-commissioned short called The Hardest Fight, about using boxing as a way of fighting against depression, and a short documentary series commissioned by Rife Magazine, called Crisis and Hope, about homelessness services in Bristol.

In 2019, I led the organisation of Bristol Homeless Action Week,  a week of events centred around getting people involved in Bristol’s homelessness community. I was named by Rife Magazine as one of their 24 Most Influential Bristolians in 2016, and in 2018 delivered a TEDx talk about homelessness and compassion. I’m currently working with Cardboard Citizens in delivering Bristol’s Cardboard Camp, a theatre residency at Bristol Old Vic working with people with lived experience of homelessness.

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