‘Counter Culture’ by Dr Louise Powell

In 2021 Dr Louise Powell was awarded a National Lottery Project Grant to produce, co-direct and co-write the art film ‘Counter Culture‘. It is a 25-minute film consisting of five micro short and two audio pieces written, recorded and performed by seven working-class writers first published in Kit de Waal’s critically acclaimed Common People anthology (Unbound: 2019).

Counter Culture is a piece that celebrates working-class life, and reclaims lost working-class stories in authentic voices. It premiered at Durham Book Festival in October 2021 to an overwhelmingly positive response, with praise for the strength of voice and cinematography.

Please watch and enjoy!

The Film

The Creative

Dr. Louise Powell

Dr Louise Powell is a writer, director and BBC New Creative from Middlesbrough, UK. Her theatre work has been performed at multiple venues, and she has written under commission for three short films, including Counter Culture, which she also produced and co-directed under a National Lottery Project Grant. She was published in Kit de Waal’s acclaimed Common People anthology, and her audio drama The Pitmen Flappers awaits broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Louise has a script under option and is readying her Arts Council funded novel for submission to agents. She has a PhD in English from Sheffield Hallam University.