My Secret Life (2005)
To mark 2005 Year Of The Volunteer, These 3-Minute
Wonders focus on four different volunteer workers in the UK, showing
their selfless contributions to the lives of others.
By day, Bill Callahan is a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) at the Tower of
London. But he is also an active volunteer lifeboatman at the
Tower Hill RNLI lifeboat station on the River Thames. In this
short film, with poetry by Owen Sheers, Bill talks about the challenges
he encounters on the lifeboat and how this double life fulfils him.
The Street Rescuer
By day, Douglas Green is a commercial property consultant, and father
to three young children, by night he is a volunteer rescue worker who
drives the streets of London looking for the city's homeless.
Through the poetry of Clare Pollard, Douglas reveals why he spends his
time helping people who have very often give up hope.
The Refugee Mentor
By Day Simonetta Wenkert is a novelist from North London, by night she
is a volunteer mentor to Razaw, a refugee from Kurdistan. This
intimate film, with poetry by Clare Pollard, reveals the close
symbiotic friendship that has developed between these two women from
very different cultures.
By day, Mick Delaney works in a builder’s merchants in West
London. By night, he is head boxing trainer at Dale Youth Boxing
Club. In this short film, with poetry by Owen Sheers, Mick talks
about how his voluntary work has helped spread his passion for boxing
to the younger generation on his estate, and created a feeling of