A film about Merton during the coronavirus pandemic, made collectively by its residents.


Here at Filmanthropy we make films and teach other people how to make films. Like everyone else, coronavirus has affected us. It's meant that we're stuck indoors, worried about our friends, family and neighbours, and unable to continue creating films. We've replaced the words 'lights', 'camera' and 'action' with strange new ones like 'frontline', 'pandemic' and 'unprecedented.' So, we've come up with a plan. We're going to make a film all about this strange time, but we need your help! As we're not allowed to go out and film, we need all of you to become our film crew. Filming scenes in your living rooms, kitchens and even during your daily exercise. To help you do this, we will be releasing weekly tasks, as well as lots of helpful guides with tips and tricks about how to film the best content. Anyone and everyone can get involved. All you need is something you can record on - like a phone, tablet or webcam - and lots of creative ideas! You can join in at anytime and submit to any task, but it will work best if you start from task one. Once lockdown is over and it is safe to do so, the film will be screened at a community event. Bringing everyone together to celebrate our survival, resilience and humanity during these challenging times. Before you begin, please make sure that you read the Rule Book below.


Finished your creation?

Now it's time to share it with the world and submit it to us, so that we can include it in the final film!

To share with the world:

  1. Upload your creation to twitter or instagram
  2. Write a caption to describe to others what it’s all about
  3. Tag us @FilmanthropyUK and include the hashtag #MertonDistancingDiaries

To submit to the film:
  1. Read the terms and conditions below
  2. Upload your file here


Don’t worry, we’ve kept these super simple and short!

  • Before submitting to this project, I have checked that all of the content in my contribution is suitable, free of sensitive information and all people featured consent to being involved.
  • If I am under 18, or have featured anyone under 18, I have gained consent from a parent or guardian.
  • By submitting to this project, I understand and agree that my contribution may appear on Filmanthropy’s website, social platforms and in a film.
  • I understand that my contribution may also appear on the website and social platforms of Filmanthropy’s sponsors and partners.



We’ve come to our last week, well done for making it this far! As most restrictions are slowly lifting and society slowly returns to ‘normal,’ what you have created will serve as a permanent record of what society looked and felt like during this time. 

For the final task, we want you to reflect on everything that has happened and look to the future. 


Write a letter addressed to yourself in 12 months' time and then film yourself reading it. 

This task is all about remembering how you have felt during this time, to look back at when it might all be a distant memory. So try to be really reflective, think about things like:



  • What things do you want to remember?

  • What things would you rather forget? 

  • What new skills have you learned?

  • What new things have you noticed about yourself?

  • How has this experience changed your outlook? 

  • Will you miss anything about this time?

  • What are you most looking forward to once things return to 'normal'?



Don’t forget to check out our ‘How to: Vlog’ video for some tips and tricks, before you start filming. And when you're done, submit here.





Sign up to receive each week's task (and our helpful tips) straight to your inbox!

This is a good option if you are a group, organisation or community leader, to make sharing the project with your service users easier.


Super short videos full of tips and tricks to help you complete the weekly tasks.

A gallery of some of our favourite submissions so far.


"It's made me feel really anxious, but I'm thankful that I can still be with my family."


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