9ine 1/2 Years

Can your postcode determine when you die?

Bristol has been named one of the coolest places in the world by the New York Times – but it’s also one of the most socially unequal cities in the UK. There are huge discrepancies in life expectancy between areas of the city.

In this short doc, we investigate a shocking nine-and-a-half-year life expectancy gap between two neighbouring suburbs in North Bristol.


Presenter – George Hill
Director – Alba Díaz Gracie and AJ
Editor – Azharal Haque, Mila Stanzani and Asher Brandon
Sound – George Hill and Asher Brandon
Camera – Mila Stanzani, Ed Waller and George Hill
Producer – Laylah Silver and Alba Díaz Gracie
Filmmaking mentor – Sarah Belfield and Juliet Russell

This short documentary was made by young people on the BFI Film Academy programme and delivered by Watershed.

The BFI Film Academy Bristol identifies and nurtures young talent (16-19-year-olds) so they have the skills and knowledge to thrive in the film industry.

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