Meaningful Films - Who are we?
Updated: Jan 25, 2019
Meaningful Films is a production company specialising in creating films that make a difference.
Luke Taylor and Joanna Crosse have been working together for nine years to bring a creative combination of storytelling through film.
Joanna and Luke produce thought provoking films with impact and work in the corporate, education and charity sectors.
I started my professional life as a trainee reporter on the Doncaster Evening Post where I had the chance to work on a range of stories from the Miners Strike to social deprivation and crime. I went on to work in commercial radio in Scotland and Leeds where I covered everything from business affairs to the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper.
My work took me to London where I became a network newsreader for IRN and LBC and had the opportunity to work on topical national stories and a range of human interest features. I moved to Breakfast Television – TVam where I was a correspondent covering daily news stories.
Just when it looked like I had the perfect life - a great job and recently married, I was sent to rehab by my TV boss. Three months later I came out with a completely different outlook and self awareness which was to form the foundation stone for my work.
I had three children and became a single parent, which alongside my recovery from addiction, gave me some insights and understanding of life which I have brought into my work. Over twenty years ago I moved to Bath and worked as a Crimestoppers reporter for many years as well being a voice and presentation coach for ITV, BBC , C4 and C5.
It was my job as a Crimestoppers reporter that helped me to see how vitally important it is for people to find their voice and speak out about experiences. If not, how else are we to understand what is going on in the world around us and behind closed doors?
I originated several documentary series –some of which were award winning - on social issues and it is an area that remains close to my heart.
Luke came to work for me as an intern when he was studying at University and we have been working together ever since. Our combination of journalism and videography has earned us a reputation for creating high quality, broadcast professional videos and films that make a difference.
I've been making films since childhood and used the family’s video camera to document life from the age of nine. My interest developed into a career path when I studied Creative Media Practice at Bath Spa University gaining a First Class Degree and the accolade of Student of the Year.
My final year project was a short film called ‘Nan’ which won a Royal Television Society Award and has been viewed over two million times! It starred my real Nan and ended up featuring on the Family History website Ancestry.com as well as ITV and Sky Arts.
After University, I did a placement at Wall to Wall Media – one of the world’s leading producers of factual and drama content. I worked in Research and Development on various programmes, including Who Do You Think You Are?
I then spent several months researching the history of one of the country’s leading Property Groups and Charitable Trust, Andrews. This culminated in creating an archive about the company and the life story of its founder, charitable pioneer, Cecil Jackson-Cole. Joanna and I have since made videos, for Andrews, including a film about care leavers.
More recently, I scripted and directed two short films of my own. One of them, A Grave Matter, about what happens when we die, became the inspiration for a documentary exploring this subject with a view to encouraging people to talk about death.
In 2018, Joanna and I screened 'What Happens When we Die?' to an audience of over 100 people followed by a Q&A with local experts. We had such an overwhelming response we decided to take the film on tour.
Our speciality is working on films that will have an impact or help change society for the better. And now, nearly a decade later we have launched Meaningful Films.
The company focuses on creating films about issues that matter to society.
Luke and Joanna have created films for a variety of clients from the Shaw Trust to the Family Rights Group and The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.