A seemingly composed man whose battle with his inner thoughts leads to a dark and truthful outburst when talking to an old friend.

In 2008, 20 year-old Brenda Birungi got into a fight in a nightclub to protect her sister. With no previous convictions, Brenda ended up serving 11 months in prison. It altered the course of her life.

In Unchained we hear from:
Paula, who called the police to her house 9 times to report domestic violence in the year before her arrest;
Amanda, who became a sex worker to support her partner’s drug use;
Krystal, who was arrested after stealing a duvet for her child;
Georgia, who was left to fend for herself at 15 while her single mum served a 3 month sentence.

All statistics in this documentary come from research by Women in Prison.

Producer: Jessie Lawson
Sound Design: Axel Kacoutié
A Prison Radio Association production for BBC Radio 4

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Taking the themes and dreams of the Small Axe film series to tell the everyday stories of Black Britons through generations and shine a light on those imagining a better future.

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We are wrong to look for uniformity and objectivity. We have all mapped associations to what our subjective experience is like.

My experience of the colour red is different from yours. Our brains light up the same way when hearing water but our relationship to its sounds will never be the same.

Because of this, I wanted to illustrate how I’ve mapped mine using abstract terms like solitude, sunbathing, patricide etc. All as an attempt to say, “you don’t have to understand, I just want to connect and have you see (listen) how I relate to the world.”

Axel Kacoutié is the Creative Director of Sound for Guardian Podcasts working with the wider production team levelling up current offerings as well as developing the sonic identity of new shows.

Keep an ear out for new theme songs and original music as well as fresh sound design concepts.

They are also the award-winning lead Sound Designer for the Guardian’s daily news podcast, Today in Focus.

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Themes and Original Music

Awards:

– Lovie Awards 2019

Apps, Mobile, Podcasts & Voice: Podcasts – Best Series: SILVER (Today in Focus)

– British Podcast Awards 2020

Best Current Affairs Podcast: GOLD (Today in Focus)

Best Interview: SILVER (Today in Focus)

Best Daily Podcast: SILVER (Today in Focus)

– Lovie Awards 2020

Best News and Politics: GOLD (Today in Focus)

– The ARIAs Radio Academy 2021

Best Speech Presenter: SILVER (Today in Focus/Anushka Astana)

– British Podcast Awards 2021

Best Interview supported by Pod Bible: BRONZE (Today in Focus)