Create Lab was founded by multi award-winning filmmaker Lou Hamilton to use creativity to raise awareness about the world we live in.
Her films have covered history, science and culture but whether in drama or documentary she always aims to find something inspiring in a subject no matter how dark or challenging it may at first appear to be.
Her work has taken her through some fascinating experiences, to the top of a mountain in the Himalayas, to a mosquito infested Yoga Ashram, to funeral pyres on the Ganges, to temples and mosques, to a hotel in Arnhem with the British Paras, to the inside of a Jamaican funeral parlour, to the municipal dump of Mumbai, coast to coast along the Hadrian’s wall cycle route camping and filming on bikes whilst trying to keep up with a man in an off-road electric wheelchair, to the inside of a disused railway carriage, to schools in The Gambia, to adhoc classrooms on street corners in India, to the fire on the Yorkshire dales surrounded by severely traumatised soldiers, to the brutal but rigorous training of the Royal Marines, to the isolated rooms of an old people’s home, to the colostomy dressing changes in a hospital room, to the music room of a hundred year old Maestro riddled with leprosy, to a blind ashram, to a blood transfusion in Norwich, to the beaches of the D-day landing, to the interviews of a human right’s lawyer who works in a Darfur, of a woman war correspondent based mainly in Afghanistan, of a woman soldier fresh back from Iraq, to the poppy day parade at the Cenotaph, to the slum dwelling of a little boy who was learning to read with his mum.
You can share these experiences too by watching some of her films.
“There are two reasons I loved working on the film “Desire Of The Pit-bull Warrior”; firstly is because I really believed in the script and thought the premise of two people being from completely different backgrounds but still being able to connect, help and inspire each other was very poignant. Secondly, director Lou Hamilton’s relaxed, naturalistic approach to filming was amazing, allowing me to improvise, ad lib and try different things with each take.” Actor. Shaun Rivers
“Love the film on Indian classical music – you have a skill that nourishes those you film and those who get to watch- it’s about the pace and lack of intrusion and the fact that you don’t patronise anyone.” AB. Edinburgh