Keith Lambert was born in England. He moved to New Zealand in 1986 and established Morningside Productions to make television commercials. A passionate believer that minority groups in the community should have a voice, he created Open Door in 1993. At the heart of the series was his belief that the participants should have editorial control. He produced and directed another seven series, until his death in 2007.
We have no editorial barrow to push and devote all our skills to allowing participants to speak to the audience directly. Keith Lambert
This episode of Open Door gives insight into the lives of a diverse group of families affected by Alzheimers disease. The programme explores how each of the families deal with their unique situation and face up to the different challenges the disease presents as it develops, examining the hardships and positive times.
Back-Up New Zealand provides outdoor exciting adventure activity courses (which include rock climbing, gliding, canoeing, scuba diving, and blo-carting), for people with disabilities. This episode of the Open Door series focuses on a group of course participants in the programme who have an intellectual disability. Their week long course sees them experiencing the fears overcoming the challenges; the excitement, the personal growth and the sheer joy of adventuring into the outdoors.
This episode of the Open Door series focuses on Chinese New Zealanders of different backgrounds coming to terms with their multiple identities, while living in New Zealand. The documentary explores how their Chinese ethnic origin and the conflicting attitudes of parents and peer groups can cause problems. The people interviewed have embraced the positive aspects of two different cultures; they share their personal experiences and opinions on the best way forward for New Zealand as an increasingly multi-cultural nation.
Open Door is a community-based television series that enables groups or individuals to make a documentary about an issue that concerns them. This episode is about the Mental Health Foundation youth group Vibe, which supports young people with mental illness. The doco features Vibe co-ordinators, and also young people who have a mental illness. Craig Harvey, who has bi-polar disorder, and Wallace Stevenson, who has schizophrenia, talk frankly about their conditions and the importance of support from groups like Vibe, as well as family and friends.
Open Door was a unique form of community-based television that allowed groups or individuals to apply to make a documentary programme about an issue – be it family, social, sexual, political, religious, that involves or concerns them. Production company Morningside Productions, then worked with TV3 to select the 10 best proposals. The programmes were made using the expertise and equipment of the production team, but with participants taking editorial control. Funded by New Zealand On Air and broadcast on TV3, Open Door ran for 12 seasons.