Urban Concepts have produced various social commentary campaigns including
Don't Trigger (Anti Gun & Knife Crime campaign) funded by the Home Office and the Mayors Office. This campaign included a feature film which premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Urban Concepts latest project Shirley Hell is a documentary that follows our investigation into
under covering Britain's biggest paedophile ring.
Urban Concepts, a communications agency run by Raymond Stevenson and Lucia Hinton (who undertook and funded the investigation into Lambeth) have spent the last 6 months working on a documentary of their investigation to record their work and findings, fearing that once again without their efforts the truth may be suppressed. The documentary Shirley Hell follows the investigation as it uncovers multiple, inter-connected paedophile rings operating in Lambeth’s social services. The documentary features the testimonies of the survivors who came together after forty years to fight an historical injustice that has been buried for years. As well as the sexual, physical and psychological abuse experienced by many of Lambeth’s black and white care children alike, most of the black care children suffered extreme racial abuse over a prolonged period of time. This was the same racial abuse Raymond Stevenson would face from Lambeth council whilst leading the investigation; he and his brother Floyd had themselves spent 12 years in Shirley Oaks Children’s Home.
Raymond Stevenson, “What drove me on was knowing how many of my friends had committed suicide and how many other care children had taken their own lives - because it’s the cover up that kills”.
The documentary demonstrates how black and white former care children have not forgotten their childhood bonds and led by black ex-care child Raymond Stevenson they prove, 'in a divisive world their diversity was their strength'.
Similar to other campaigns produced under the banner of Urban Concepts this documentary uses music as a strong illustrative theme throughout. However, it is the raw voices of the survivors that reveal the numerous stories of suffering, survival, strength and a fight for justice.
Shirley Oaks Children’s Home was run by Lambeth but was based in the borough of Croydon and consisted of 38 cottages on a 80 acre site. In the 1950s it housed predominantly white children, by the time it closed in the 1980s it was 50/50 black and white children. Many children had been placed at Shirley Oaks as their parents had died or were unable to look after them due to health reasons; however what ever colour, race, creed or generation you were from the Shirley Oaks covenant remained, 'All for one and one for all'.