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Unique Talent CIC interview MBC Athletes

MBC welcomed Unique Talent CIC and its talented film crew to the club on 10th February 2023 to interview and film three MBC athletes. James Holden facilitated the event and shares the experience.



Unique Talent CIC. Experience organisers Josh Mansano (third from left) and Jerome Sewell (far right) with Unique Talent CIC film crew and interviewers 📸 James Holden (permission sought).


Unique Talent CIC is 'Inspired by a group of young men who have been associated with gang culture and would like to make a difference in young people’s lives. They believe that through their experiences they can help the most hard to reach people realize their true potential'.


Unique Talent experience course leaders, Jerome Sewell and Josh Mansano arrived at the club midday yesterday with the Unique Talent film crew to interview and film three MBC athletes: Tom Middleton, Theo Darlow, and Charlotte Coburn.


It was the second time Unique Talent CIC had filmed at MBC, but the first time for the new director for the day who immediately started scouting the MBC facilities for filming locations. It was a beautiful sunny day, but there was quite a chill in the air so it was decided to hold the interviews in the gym - athletes training in gym were spotted putting an extra weight on the bar when they realised they were on camera, coincidence I'm sure!


With the sound and lighting checks done, and under Josh's watchful eye, Olympian Tom Middleton was up first for interview. Tom talked about some of the personal sacrifices required to perform at elite level.

📸James Holden


The film crew (below) discussed and set about taking a 'B Roll' (background footage) that included the use of cinematic quality drone. They said this could be particularly useful to cover up the moment when an over zealous MBC event coordinator took photos directly in camera shot, oops!


Carlotte Coburn (pictured below) a former cross fit competitor who took up rowing just over three years ago and is targeting the GB squad for Paris 2024 was interviewed by the Unique Talent CIC crew.

The director then moved the interviews to the waterfront where it was the time for under 23 world champion rower Theo Darlow to be in the hot seat (pictured below.)

📸 James Holden


It was great to see the film crew working under the guidance of Jerome and Josh, the students took the event very seriously and were so professional. We can't wait to see the finished film!


We hope MBC athletes made a difference to these young peoples lives. If you can provide an experience to support and invest in a young person, or you would like to find out more about their work please contact Unique Talent CIC directly. https://uniquetalent.org.uk/ Office: 020 3479 5344


Taken from Unique Talent website: 'Unique Talent CIC offer inter-related services: gang prevention, mediation, mentoring, coaching & music production to make a difference to other young people’s lives. Their interventions, activities and programs are designed to meet three core objectives: to reduce re/offending, to give people a second chance, & to make communities safer places'.

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