Film screening at Towner Gallery for the Art on a Postcard x St Wilfrid's Hospice auction
My film directed for St Wilfrid's Hospice screened at the Towner Gallery cinema, introducing the auction by Art on a Postcard. It was a heartfelt evening with amazing artwork on display, with the 2023 Turner Prize also on display next door. The auction raised over £50,000 for the hospice. A big thank you to the hospice team, family members and AOAP Founder Gemma Peppé.
New Film with St Wilfrid's Hospice, Eastbourne to screen at Towner Gallery
I've recently filmed, directed and edited a short film for St Wilfrid's Hospice, due to screen at the Towner Gallery this September for Art on a Postcard's latest auction. The auction includes big names like Sir Grayson Perry, Vanessa Jackson RA and Mick Rooney RA. The film focuses on the fantastic work of the hospice, and how hospices open up wider important conversations surrounding death.
'I feel I've had a creative awakening' - WomanUp! Podcast on tour
I am working with the WomanUp! Podcast team to edit a series of promotional videos for their ongoing tour. The podcast speaks to and about artists, academics, writers and activists, midwives, carers and more all (m)others and all womxn. Those challenging ideas and ideals, questioning assumptions and provoking social change. Listen to the podcast here.
Filmed with little Paddy the dog and Hannah Jolley over the weekend to promote her new dog walking business Jolley Dog Walking.
Bungeeing in Battersea Park
A man bungeeing off a crane in Battersea Park reminded me of dreams when you can't quite jump high enough. View all the films from my Ongoing Documentations series here.
"Art as Therapy" - watch my latest film with Lee Eelus for Art on a Postcard x War Child
I loved meeting artist Eelus in his studio in Brighton.
My film with him is now available to view below, and learn more about the project here.
"Making memory tangible" - Film with Selena Scott for Art on a Postcard x War Child available to view
I filmed and interviewed the emerging and talented artist Selena Scott in her studio in Cambridge. View the full film below, and learn more on the dedicated page here.
Filming with Eelus
I filmed and interviewed the artist Lee Eelus in his studio in Brighton for Art on a Postcard in support of War Child. It was great to see his creative process in action, and also to learn more about how his neurodiversity influences his work. As part of ongoing Inside the Artists' Studio series. View the films here.
Filming with artists across the country
I've been commissioned by Art on a Postcard in collaboration with War Child to research, film and edit several short films of artists in their studios as part of their 'Inside the Artists Studio' series. So far, I've been to Cambridge with painter Selena Scott, and on the back of a motorbike with painter Andrew Torr! I look forward to sharing the films - stay tuned. (Scroll down for a bonus picture of me hiding my fear on the back of the bike) View the films here soon.
I Saw a God Dance
I've recently edited a 25 minute documentary for Apsara Arts, directed by Malti Patel.
I Saw a God Dance charts the impact of pioneering Indian classical dancer Ram Gopal OBE, 80 years since his first stage performance. It brings together intergenerational dancers who explore the place of Indian classical dance in a modern world. This marks my third short film with Apsara Arts, and it's been a pleasure to learn more about Indian heritage and culture in the UK. The film will be shown at the David Lean cinema on 25th March. Here's a small clip:
Evolution of a flame
First we sparked fires from a flint, and now we watch through the safety of our screens. Portable flames to watch later and share, light behind light to gather and stare. View all the films from my Ongoing Documentations series here.
The Day Frank Died: Screening
The Day Frank Died is a 30 minute documentary I directed and edited about the life and sudden death of my paramedic grandfather in the late 1960s.
In the documentary, I interview my father and his four siblings, piecing together the story of my grandfather's life and the mystery of his death 50 years down the line. Discovering my family history, and understanding the deep-rooted impact of my grandfathers death has been incredibly eye-opening and drawn me even closer to my family.
Yesterday the film had its first screening to the family, three years on since they were interviewed. It was an emotional and cathartic experience that reinforced the importance of film and documentary as a form of healing.
New Project: The Power of Words
I have recently completed directing and editing a short film with Status Employment, funded by the Lottery Community Fund. It's been a brilliant experience working in collaboration with the group members, and running workshops focusing around the power of words and language. Words shape the way we think, and influence our actions. From collaging emails to projecting words on the wall, the aim of the filmmaking process was to invite the group members to explore the possibilities of reshaping relationships with poignant words and phrases.
Drawing from my own past experiences of counselling, working on my vocabulary was integral to being able to express and challenge my understanding of the world. This was the starting point of building the workshops that feature in the film.
Status Employment are a charity that assist people with disabilities and people experiencing mental health problems in finding and retaining paid employment. See more information about the project here.
Wotsits on the Elevator
A bit of drama at the bottom of the escalator at Oval Station. Shout out to Vivaldi for providing the music. You can watch my ongoing documentations of everyday life here.
Mentorship with Emmy Award-winning Producer Maureen Murray
It's been a fantastic 6 weeks, developing several ideas for arts documentaries with producer Maureen Murray (Foxtrot Films) which I hope to pitch soon. Here we are at Yoko Ono's Mend Piece exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery!
The mentorship was provided by the Grierson DocLab. Read the Grierson DocLab website posting here.
New Project: Can You Hear Me?
I've recently completed editing a short documentary titled Can You Hear Me for Status Employment and The Maudsley Charity, produced by Catherine Eaglestone. Filmed remotely during the 2020 pandemic, the documentary brings together drama improvisations focused around social anxiety, merging the boundaries between fiction and reality to understand feelings of loneliness and togetherness. The film has now been entered into to mental health and experimental short film festivals.
The Day Frank Died Update
Pleased to say that after three years my short film The Day Frank Died is close to completion. It has been an emotional process listening to my family's experiences of their fathers death when they were young. But I feel that this process of editing has been very important, helping me to learn more about my family and piecing their memories together in one place to build up a sense of who my Grandfather was and how his death has affected them years down the line.
Mentorship with award-winning producer/director Gillian Mosely
I've spent the last six weeks building up several short documentary ideas, with mentor support from Gillian Mosely (MediaLab). It's been great spending time solidly creating treatment pitches and developing my creative practice as a filmmaker. The mentorship was provided by the brilliant Grierson DocLab scheme.
New video: Ongoing Thoughts #2
I have uploaded a new video as part of my Ongoing Thoughts series, a series of short documentation videos filmed and edited on my iPhone 8. This series aims to transpose my thoughts from the diary to the audiovisual. The full series can be found here. Below: Ongoing Thoughts #2
I have started editing footage of my family that I have filmed over the years, starting from when my sister was about 10. Editing together these films years later gives me the opportunity to relive certain parts of myself and my family's life. The editing process acts as a way to reframe and revisit these memories, to rewind and pause and reflect in retrospect. Family documentations.
Live on Wandsworth Art
Wandsworth Art is a new online platform that showcases artists, designers, creative projects, groups and organisations based in or from the borough of Wandsworth. My profile is now live on their website and I look forward to future collaborations with artists of Wandsworth.
You can find my profile and check out the scheme here.
Selected for Grierson DocLab 2020
Really honoured to have been accepted onto the prestigious Grierson DocLab scheme. Through this scheme I will be trained in documentary production and theory as well as being given opportunities to network and learn from seasoned factual television proffesionals. Although the residential scheme will be online this year, I'm keen to make the most of what the scheme has to offer and kickstart my career in factual programming!
I think that particularly as young creatives it can be easy to lose our voices and value in the competitive sea of ‘the industry’ but I am hopeful that this scheme will be able to provide us with the confidence and practical skills to truly find and value our voices and share them proudly with the world. I think as filmmakers we have an important responsibility of using this pervasive platform to amplify the voices of those who might not always be heard, to challenge perceptions and present ideas in a way that is accessible to all.
My profile can be found on their website here.
New ways of documenting
I am finding ways to document my thoughts in a way that takes my words out of the pages of a diary into something more visual and representative of a the way a memory works. I made this short piece on my iPhone and intend to make many more.
I will be regularly uploading new videos here.
I have started documenting this strange and unsettling time through photography. It feels like we are suspended in a moment of time and I will process these feelings and worries through my photography.
Filming Woman Up! Podcasts
This weekend I filmed and edited a teaser for series 2 of the the Woman Up! podcast. It was lovely sitting and listening to a stories and conversations from all day from so many inspiration women artists and learn from them.
The podcast can be found here.
Ellie is now homeschooled and came over to my house for me to teach her some essay writing. It feels like there is an air of new beginnings and figuring things out for the better. Her pink hair, something that she wasn't allowed in secondary school, is a symbol of defiance, fresh starts, and taking back control of her own future. I wanted to photograph her at this point as I felt that it was momentous to document.
Moving out of the family home
Mum and Dad helped me move out today and insisted on making the bed for me. Mixed emotions moving out. Guilt of leaving my parents and sister behind, but the excitement of starting my independent life. I photographed my parents helping me to unpack capture the bittersweet feeling evoked when there are new beginnings and endings at the same time.
Editing Saree Reinvented
As part of the Lottery Funded project Saree Reinvented, I was commissioned by Apsara Arts to edit a 25 minute documentary about the personal and social history of the sari. The documentary was screened alongside a diverse exhibition of sari stories, beautiful fabrics and workshops. The film is an intimate collection of interviews exploring the history of the saree and personal stories from South Asian British women filmed by project founder Malti Patel.
It's really important that these social histories are captured, and I enjoyed contributing to a community project that facilitated these the sharing and preservation of these memories.
My favourite story is from a lady called Mdrulaben (centre below), who talks about when she first came to the UK and how she would go 'round and round on the District Line' to meet people and because it is the 'warmest line'.
Resilience Exhibition, CAS Croydon
Curated by Sarah Dean.
This exhibition explored mental well-being through creative practice. I exhibited two pieces: a print about my mother and a short documentary piece 'Nine to Fiver'.
I wanted to capture the idea of parents being the emotional hearth of the household, and how when they don't feel alright, the energy shifts, roles merging.
Shooting Tabby Barbera Blood Oranges
Had a great time piercing blood oranges with hooks and twine and filming Tabby Barbera for her song 'Blood Oranges'. I came up with the concept and shot/ edited the video. This was my first music video shoot and I really enjoyed the citrusy experience and the freedom of experimentation. Will definitely be doing more.
Tabby's songs at: www.tabbybarbera.com
See full shoot here
Shooting White Lies at Amsterdam Paradiso
I photographed White Lies from backstage during their Five tour show at Amsterdam Paradiso. It was a great experience being immersed in the music backstage.
As always, what interests me a lot is watching other people watching other people, so I have taken quite a few crowd shots for my own interest too.
View the full shoot here
Observational photographs in Prague
I am interested in how people store memory, particularly in the modern age where memories are capitilised. In times of past, a memory captured was a special occasion. Assembled, often deliberate, stored onto film and developed, often by people who could afford cameras or photographers in order to do this. Then printed, perhaps only once, and shown to friends and family. But in contemporary society, an image memory is nearly anyone’s to capture and store. Memories are saturated, memories are shared, memories are compared, memories are capitalised on and fed to us by Facebook. In my photography, I like to capture the action of people capturing memory, observing the moments people decide are important and memory-worthy.
When we witness a photo being taken, we are privy at that moment to the life around the frame, and how that person desires themselves to be placed and perceived within that frame. We catch a glimpse of their true intention. For example, we may see a person walking round in solemn solitude, pick a spot to stand in front of a building, extend the selfie stick and watch their face break into a well-rehearsed ‘everything’s great!’ expression.
Full gallery here
Featured artist in Sweet Potato Magazine
Curated by Kerry Ann Cleaver, Sweet Potato magazine is a monthly publication featuring up-and-coming artists from all over the UK. The full publication is available to view here
'Til Debt Do Us Part exhibition at Peckham Pelican
I curated an exhibition of 10 artists from the Student Loan Generation, with artwork ranging from embroidered job rejected letters to collages of Student Loan terms and conditions. This included artwork of both university graduates as well as people who had chosen not to attend university, and was born out of wanting to express the dissatisfaction that myself and my peers felt about life post education. It was a really positive experience to bring people together, both artists and non-artists to express their opinions through their artwork which then created a dialogue. It was a very well attended private view and interesting to see cross-generational conversations happening among the attendees comparing their experiences.
The pieces I exhibited were Loan Sweet Loan, a pastiche embroidery piece satirising the idea of moving out of the family home by contradicting it with the extortionate amount of student debt and overdraft I faced post-uni. I also submitted a few of my pieces from my collection of poems and photos from 'Tales of Thornton Heath', an ongoing collection of poetry about discarded objects that I find around Thornton Heath. I have never felt particularly connected to the area that I live in, but writing these pieces found like a form of poetic litter-picking that helped me feel as though I could claim ownership of my experience in my area. View the full post here.
Tales of Thornton Heath
I have started an ongoing collection of poetry about discarded objects that I find around Thornton Heath. I have never felt particularly connected to the area that I live in, but writing these pieces found like a form of poetic litter-picking that helped me feel as though I could claim ownership of my experience in my area.
You can find the full collection of poetry here.
The Aled Jones Record
Stepping out from a charity shop in Croydon, I noticed a discarded record on the pavement outside. I took a closer look and saw it was by Aled Jones. People walked passed without a second glance.