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All inclusive

We embrace everyone around us and we believe it is important that all of our community has access to the same opportunities to pursue their Dreams.

Loving Stories

We love telling, sharing and documenting stories, and it’s our Mission to engage and inform our future generations.

love of the east

We are proud of where we’re based here on the East Coast in Lowestoft, its surroundings and our people – the Sunrise is just a bonus.

Embracing tomorrow

We not only upskill our homegrown talent, but we also acknowledge that our Successions our future success needs the people of tomorrow.

We Believe In Everyone & We mean everyone!

Sunrise Studios embraces contribution and participation from all members of the community and landscapes we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by, captured by young people, particularly those often labelled as ‘hard to reach’, which all too frequently translates into easy to ignore.

We’re all inclusive, welcoming and embracing the creativity and abilities of all local people, whilst inviting others from further afield to come and experience our world on the east coast.

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The Faces Behind sunrise Studios

The Young Creatives 🎨

Joshua Freemantle

Development Producer

Over the past 5+ years of accumulating experience, I have received very positive feedback from past clients for my different services.

I picked up my first camera aged seven to document what I saw around me – portraits of friends, street life, and the Suffolk coast. Media Studies at high school was my stepping stone to photography and filmmaking – its history and technical craft – creating short animations and music videos. At 16 I left school and although college didn’t work out, I’ve pursued my professional and creative development as a cinematographer ever since.

Growing up in Britain’s most easterly town, right next to the North Sea, I’ve always been aware of Lowestoft’s past prosperity and its current struggles. In 2015 (aged 13), I connected with Lowestoft Rising LCEP (Local Cultural Education Partnership) and the Heritage Action Zones, volunteering to photograph and video local events.

I love the surroundings of where I live and in my spare time, I go for walks along the Suffolk coast and inner broads national park whilst capturing landscape photography.

I’m a 23 year old Media & Marketing graduate that has a passion and deep appreciation for Lowestoft. I spent the last 4 years studying in Nottingham but now spend my days exploring the beauty of Suffolk & Norfolk, playing football, skateboarding with friends & perfecting my abilities as a young professional working in the creative industries.

I have always been fascinated by art and expressing myself through a variety of mediums. I love painting, making music and creating things that begin with nothing more than a fun idea.

Through studying theory, completing practical work and navigating the rollercoaster of independent student life, university developed me massively as a person and prepared me to start my career. I’m grateful to be working for such a brilliant charity like Access and being part of Sunrise Studios is an honour, I already feel a part of this fantastic family and I can really sense what an exciting time it is for both this organisation and Lowestoft.

Patrick Johnson

Digital Marketing Apprentice

The Sounding Board 📢

Simon Baldry

Head of Communications

Over the last nine years, Emma has developed the organisation from a small localised charity supporting the Homeless, to a Sunday Times Top 100 Employer with a team of over 150 people. The entire workforce serve to support those at risk of social isolation across four core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Education, Community Social Enterprises, and supported Accommodation.

With an extensive understanding and experience in Mental Health and Strategic Business Management, Emma’s leadership style has allowed the organisation to grow significantly across most of East Anglia, doubling the charity’s turnover to £4 million per year, whilst providing dedicated support to tens of thousands of people annually.

In 2019, Emma was honoured for her outstanding work to the county of Suffolk with an MBE. Most recently she was recognised as the 2020 CEO of the Year by the Third Sector, after successfully devising and delivering a number of unique initiatives, including PINK Orange in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her spare time, Emma serves as a school governor, enjoys coastal walks with her family including miniature labradoodle Parker and the odd glass of Sauvignon Blanc.


Emma Ratzer

CEO of Access Community Trust

Patrick Moir

Head of Programme Development

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Recent News


Lowestoft’s Young Film Programmer’s Group

This week, Sunrise Studios, a social enterprise supported by regional charity Access Community Trust has launched its very own Young Film Programmer’s Group in Lowestoft.


Local young creative one step closer to dream ambition

This week, local cinematographer Joshua Freemantle received welcomed news he has been hoping for, as his dream to create a community production company has moved one-step closer to fruition.

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