tom stubbs


A multi award winning filmmaker, Tom Stubbs is a partner of Biggerhouse Film, a Director of JUMPcuts, a Film Director, Cameraman, Animator, Editor and musician.

background info:

With experience in documentary film making, often focussing on work to give under-represented people a voice, Tom has his own filming and editing facilities and a proven track record of being able to deliver creative, interesting and rewarding projects and films. Tom has been making films for a living for over 15 years, since graduating from the University of Wales College, Newport in 1996.

LD breast screening film | 2018

producer / director

Co producing and devising a short film with women with learning disabilities about tackling the fear of going for their first mammogram.

A biggerhouse film production for NHS Avon Breast Screening in association with BANES

Common Cause Research Films | 2017 – 2018

producer / director

14 films produced for the University of Bristol’s Common Cause Research Project

Common Cause is a new collaborative arts and humanities initiative mapping routes to greater inclusion that enable the UK’s diverse population to fully participate in research and collaborations.

different voices 2 | december 2017

producer / film maker / mentor

Different Voices is an ongoing talent development and mentoring programme for emerging filmmakers and creatives from the Neurodiverse community. In residence for three months at Arnolfini, Bristol, we produced 8 films which were also screen at Sheffield Doc Fest and Encounters 2018.

The project is a biggerhouse film production for 104 films supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery fund in association with the Arnolfini.

different voices 1 | march 2017

film maker / mentor

A 3 month Neurodiverse film talent development programme of workshops and mentoring for nine emerging film makers. Five of the films were showcased at the Edinburgh Festival 2017.

Co-produced with 104 films

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.


new room museum | march 2016

film maker

Working with students from six Primary Schools to produce 13 live action/animation films for the refurbished New Room museum at the John Wesley Chapel in Bristol.

Commissioned by Cod Steaks design and build company 2016


making a difference | december 2014

making a difference

producer / director / editor

DVD containing nine films showing how Somerset County Council support people with learning disabilities to lead extraordinary, independent lives.

Commissioned by Somerset County Council

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2014.

thermalogues | march 2012

film maker

Using a thermal imaging camera and working with Transition Town Taunton to produce 6 short films exploring our relationship to energy.

a biggerhouse film production for Transition Town Taunton and The Brewhouse March 2012


david’s diary | 2012

producer / camera / editor

“A believer in helping; a learning disability person of standing. His last project was for better information about cancer. He raised money to make this film but never saw it finished. Despite his disabilities, don’t underestimate David’s understanding of the choices he had left.”

Funded by Glastonbury Mencap + Somerset NHS Partnership Foundation Trust




DotComUnity | january 2012

camera / editor

2 films for the DotComUnity website. An online Disability Directory, for activities, events and services in the SW


in my book | 2011

camera / co-producer

Mark sits on the outside. He sees everything but never takes part . . .

“It’s all in here. In my book. If something happens, I write it down. What I hear, what I see, and what they say. I take my book with me all the time. It’s full of bits of people.”

. . . but a secret from the past will finally make him connect to the present.

Funded by: Somerset County Council Network For Social Change Lankelly Chase Foundation & South West Screen

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2011.

shared lives | june 2011

producer / director / editor

6 x films profiling the work of an independent Shared Lives scheme operating in the south west of England: delivering long term services, short breaks, day support and community based services.

A biggerhouse film production for Shared Lives SW

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moving on | 2011

camera / editor

Moving On (Relationships & Sexuality training DVD)

5 real life stories about relationships and sexuality from people with a learning difficulty.

Michael wants a girlfriend but is stuck in the grey zone.

Phil and Ali are moving in together.

Jo has never talked about it, since it happened.

Anton says it’s just a label.

Dan thinks they’re ready but Sue is not so sure.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2008.

Caring for Teeth | 2010

an early version of the cover for Caring for TeeethThis is the DVD cover for the JUMPcuts film ‘Caring for Teeth’

it was a great project to do, working in four care homes thoughout Somerset

The team I worked with was Sue Palmer

Joff Winterhart and Simon Roberts from the band Bucky.

James Price and Clare Cannon did camera whilst I did sound.

Will Bix from the Somerset Film helped too.

this hopefully spaces things etc

here is the DVD disk art

best interest – Paul’s Story | october 2010


Paul makes the big mistake of letting his brother know he fancies Sam . . .

. . . who tells his dad, who tells his support worker, who tells his teacher . . .

They are all just trying to act in Paul’s ‘Best Interest’

But it doesn’t work like that . . .

Won ‘Best Overall Film’ award at the Oska Bright Festival 2011.

Won ‘Best Drama’ award at the Flash Forward Film Festival in Oxford 2010.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2009.


film academy | 2010 +

camera / co-producer

Film Academy – a creative film making project for people with learning disabilities.

Film Academy is a long-term film making project that will enable groups of adults with learning difficulties to become empowered storytellers, filmmakers and actors.

Film Academy will build opportunities for students to take part equally in the culture of film.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film.


this is me! | february 2010

film maker

One of eight films under the title “This Is Me!” made with students from the Getting A Life Project (Somerset Work Preparation Service – Yeovil, ROC in Totnes and South Devon College)

The films were made as creative portraits of where they are now and what they hope for in the future.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts.

how are you? | october 2009

film maker

A series of 8 films called “How Are You?” which tell deeply personal health related stories from adults with learning disabilities made as a training resource for health and social care practitioners.

Commissioned by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and made at Fiveways Resource Centre, Yeovil.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts 2010

innovations in dementia | september 2009

Tom Stubbs was bought in by Innovations in Dementia to work and collaborate with the participants to create their films.

But these films are not just about dementia.

They are about people living their lives positively, with vitality and creativity.

They are about people who are still learning, and still growing.

They show that dementia is life-changing, but not life-ending.

A biggerhouse film production for Innovations In Dementia 2009

teeth – the musical | august 2009

writer / director / animation

A 13 minute animated musical about oral hygiene made with learning disabled students and produced for NHS Somerset.

Fred runs away from the dentist because his teeth start singing to him. “Attention, Attention, this is your teeth, talking to you from your mouth!” In this epic musical journey, Fred meets Mr Toothpaste and Mr Toothbrush and learns everything there is to know about teeth and the entire subject of Dental Hygiene.

The film has won the Education Business Award For 2010 – Somerset County Council. The Patron’s Prize at the National Oral Health Promotion Group conference 2010 and the ‘Best Education Award’ at the Picture This Film Festival in Canada.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film.


best interest | july 2009


Following three characters’ interweaving stories as they battle with issues arising from learning disability, mental illness and dementia.

Commissioned by Somerset County Council as a training resource to dramatise issues raised by the Mental Capacity Act to be used in staff training as a focus and discussion point.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2009.

light and dark | june 2008

A phantasmagorical autobiographical film exploring the minds of Michael Smith and Tom Stubbs. It combines animation, live action, talking heads, documentary footage, the film-making process laid bare, costumes and even a song at the end; all while the two protagonists act out their alter-egos and comment on their own situations, one an autistic artist, the other a slightly frustrated community film maker.

It is only last 10 minutes, it sounds like a nightmare but actually it is ok.

Encounters Best of British-Made in the South West Audience Award 2009

Encounters Best of British-Made in the South West Jury Award 2009

TV Best Documentary Short at the 6th London Short film Festival 2009

shape UP | 2007

co-writer / camera

A 20 drama about healthy eating made by a cast of learning disabled actors.

‘James needs to lose weight but he’s fed up with everyone having a go at him…. Jane wants to stop eating junk food but finds it too tempting… Jake wants to put weight on because he thinks he is too weedy…When will they all learn to ‘shape UP!’?

Commissioned by the Food Standards Agency and Somerset Learning Disability Services.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2008.

germ academy | january 2006

Germ Academywriter + cameraman – Tom Stubbs

directed by Stephen Clarke

a 23 minute film for Learning Disability Services Somerset and the Food Standards Authority.

produced by The Engine Room

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video and animation workshops | 2005

Taster Workshops10 days of creative film making for adults with learning difficulties

film makers: Stephen Clarke + Tom Stubbs

produced by Learning Disability Services, Somerset in association with the engine room

listen to us | 2004 to 2005

Listen to Us4 x short dramas + interactive dvd

Camera – Tom Stubbs

produced by Learning Disability Services, Somerset in association with the engine room

air balloon infants year 2 animation | july 2005

Air Balloon Animation

a 6 minute film animated entirely by 6/7 years about the reminiscences and story’s of ex-pupils.

facilitated by Tom Stubbs & Joff Winterhart

produced by Suited + Booted.

freddie the food detective | january 2005

Freddie the Food Detectivewritten & directed by Tom Stubbs & Joff Winterhart.

A 20 minute mixture of live action and animation to encourage primary school pupils from the Blackdown Hills to eat healthy local food.

produced by the engine room

our lives through the keyhole | october 2004

Our Lives Through the Keyholefilm makers: Stephen Clarke + Tom Stubbs

17 short films made with Carr-Gomm residents in Birmingham, Bristol, Aylesbury + Somerset.

produced by the engine room in association with Carr-Gomm, a social landlord & registered charity

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2BU | august 2004

2BUproduced and edited by Tom Stubbs

2BU are a Somerset based gay, lesbian and bisexual young people’s support group. The framework for the film was a weekend residential trip ran by Stephen Clarke & Joff Winterhart in Dartmoor.

an engine room production

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carry on keyring | summer 2004

Carry On Keyringfilm makers Tom Stubbs + Lucy Bailey

a documentary about the support network charity KeyRing in Barton Hill Bristol. The 36 minute film follows all of the individuals, covering what they do and how they help each other.

what do young people do in crewkerne? | 2004

What do young people do in Crewkerne?

filmmakers / facilitator

Made with the Crewkerne Ranger Guide, It won a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Heritage Heroes’ award in the Children and Young People category 2006.

a part of us for ever | february 2004

A Part of Us Forevercameraman and editor – Tom Stubbs

a devised drama and documentary film that tells the storys of several teenagers who have survived cancer.

a Wolf + Water project

the VP team | 2003 to 2005

Valuing Peoplecameraman + editor – Tom Stubbs

A 6 episode epic about the Government’s Valuing People Paper, based loosely on 80’s TV show – The A Team.

directed by Peter Harris for Wolf + Water.

double biology | 2002 to 2003

Double Biologywritten & directed by Tom Stubbs & Lucy Bailey

a short commission film about a teacher covering a sex education lesson.

made for Picture This, funded by South West Screen

the billy the kid challenge | july 2003

The Billy The Kid Challenge

Joff Winterhart and Tom Stubbs joined members of Wolf + Water, to work with 10 pupils from Rathbone Pupil Referral Unit, in Weston Super Mare. A 26 minute film was made in a week.

a Wolf + Water project

the bigger picture | may 2003

The Bigger Picturevideo promoting ‘Widening Participation in Somerset’

film makers: Stephen Clarke + Tom Stubbs

produced by somerset film + video and Somerset Adult Learning + Leisure.

sharing our journeys | april 2003

Sharing Our Journeys

a 16 minute film by Lucy Bailey and Tom Stubbs made with the special needs art group Art + Power, it looks at the problems their members face when travelling through Bristol.

made for the Arnolfini, Bristol

shot by shot | march 2003

Shot by Shotfilm makers in residence – Stephen Clarke and Tom Stubbs

a series of 10 day long workshops at the Phoenix Project, Glastonbury. 10 participants were guided through all the processes of becoming filmmakers.

an engine room project

learning to love you more | march 2003

Learning to love you morefilm kares in residence – Tom Stubbs & Lucy Bailey

a micro film project for artist Miranda July. Screened as part of the Commotion programme of live events for Arnolfini, Bristol.

home | winter 2002

Homefacilitated by Tom Stubbs & Luke Wiles

a mixture of drama and documentary about parents and children’s perception of home. filmed in taunton.

a First Light film produced through a collaboration with Calling The Shots and Somerset Film + Video.

violet and turquoise | autumn 2002

Violet & Turquoisea 12 minute animation about a teenage girl trying to fit in.

edited and composited by Tom Stubbs.

written and directed by Joff Winterhart, the film won a Bafta Cymru in 2003.

glastonbury the movie | july 2002

Glastonbury the Movie

(released april 2006)

sound recordest on one of 10 crews

directed by Julian Temple.

pay for what you done – may / june 2002

Pay For What You Done

a Social Inclusion In the Media Arts project with 20 young people, working with 5 film-makers and 5 actor-musicians to devise and produce their own 30 minute film.

produced by somerset film + video in association with Action Track Performance Company and Take Art!

put on a happy face | june 2002

Put On A Happy Faceedited by Tom Stubbs

Views of the the Somerset town of Wellington by members of Genesis Youth Theatre.

see me – 2001

See Mewritten and directed by Tom Stubbs

shot on super 16mm

catching the light | summer 2001

Catching the Lighta residency project based in Glastonbury.

over the summer of 2001 project facilitators Tom Stubbs and Joff Winterhart got 25 members of the local community, aged between 8 to 80, to make a one minute film

Karrie on Karrie – june 2000

Karrie on Karriesound recordist – Tom Stubbs

a HTV wales documentary about Peter Karrie, directed by Paul Bullock.

broadcast october 2000

a different face | april 2000

Kosovoshort documentary about an art exhibition in Pristina, Kosova. 8 months after hostilities ended. Soldiers from KFOR and several local artists contributed.

a joint film project with Andrea Williams and Dave Daggers

growing michael owen | november 1999

Growing Michael Owenoff line editor – Tom Stubbs

a half hour documentary about little league football for BBC wales. Directed by Christopher Morris.

broadcast december 1999.

i don’t live here | november 1999

I Don't Live Heresound recordist – Tom Stubbs

a portrait of Alison Collier. Directed by Stephen Clarke for HTV west, as part of their ‘figures in the landscape’ season. broadcast february 2000.



changing grace | april to october 1999

Changing Grace

written and directed by Toby Miller and Tom Stubbs.

an animated public information film about diabetes for the Royal Gwent Hospital.

see me – performance | july 1999

See Me: the play

written and directed by Tom Stubbs

a 25 minute one man play about a teacher and his wife. Performed by Robert Chase as a script reading at Dempsey’s Bar cardiff.

ely hospital closure research | 1997 – 1998

Ely Hospital Closure

documentary for the Ffotogallery/Ely special needs hospital. Detailed video research of 6 clients changing lives as the hospital closes.

animation teaching assistant | 1997 – 1998

Animation Showreel

animation degree at UWCN. Duties involved; personal tutorials; technical demonstrations; overseeing of final year films and administration to help with the smooth running of the course.

famous fred | summer/autumn 1996

Famous Fredassistant animator, nominated for an oscar in 1998.