Following the Autumn statement, business rates made their way into the national conversation at the end of 2013. I spoke to a number of small business owners in my local area and I quickly discovered a similar complaint. This short documentary, made as part of my MA course, explores the harsh nature of business rates, and their effect on small businesses. As director of this film, I had my work cut out attempting to make a visually dry piece interesting to watch. I therefore looked for unusual and visually pleasing case studies on which to base the structure of the piece and offer a splash of colour.
December 2013 – January 2014