Telling a story through a modern heroine

Work / RNLI


As one of the first female recipients of a lifeboat award, the RNLI continually celebrate and commemorate the actions of Grace Darling; the daughter of a lighthouse keeper famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838.

This year they wanted to make the story more modern and relatable.


Ordinary Heroines

With the RNLI we identified Leanne, a volunteer who has followed in the footsteps of her mother in joining the RNLI.

We interviewed her and followed in Grace Darlings footsteps; although, somewhat fittingly, the weather was too poor for us to make it to the original lighthouse. Despite the weather, we produced a series of films for web and social.


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There's rough seas and then there's rough seas.

When you're on the deck of a state-of-the-art, self-righting lifeboat and the captain asks you to go down into the hull, you know you're in for a ride.

Thankfully both myself and Rob don't get sea sick easily, but we were flung from ear to ear whilst trying to capture footage from out the portholes; looking down at a screen whilst effectively being on a rollercoaster is an interesting experience.

We did manage and - thankfully - the footage made the edits. And our drone performed impeccably in the stormy conditions, flying out to sea above the lifeboat.

Unfortunately the weather meant we we were unable to access the lighthouse that's key to the story, but producing on the fly we arranged to film in the local museum, containing the original rowing boat, and in the churchyard where Grace Darling is laid to rest.

Russell Jones, Director