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Tricky Women

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Little Elephant to be screened at Tricky Women, an international festival for female directors working in animation, held annually in Vienna, Austria. Our film will be shown in the Beside Oneself category on 3 and 5 March. Kate Jessop, the film’s director will be there to talk about elephants, love and animation.Arts Council England

 

Here’s the trailer for the festival.

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In Solidarity with Kumu Hina

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We are delighted to be part of this year’s Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in London. The festival runs from today until Sunday. The programme includes 22 features, 88 shorts, 3 exhibitions, 7 performances, 10 workshops/panels.

My film Little Elephant directed by Kate Jessop and script by Carl Miller, is about a woman’s estranged relationship with her father.

It is screening alongside documentary feature Kumu Hina. Directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson invite us to imagine a world where a child can grow up to be the woman of her dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Hinaleimoana is a proud and confident mahu (a person who embraces what is considered both the male and female inside). She is the wise, passionate, tattoo-covered, outspoken kumu (teacher, leader) who you cannot help but fall for as she negotiates the struggles of her new marriage and guides the determined young student Ho‘onani in this refreshing and irresistible documentary about being true to yourself, fighting for love and through heartbreak, and the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture in modern day Hawai’i.

Directed Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson. Producers Connie M Florez, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson. Editor Nels Bangerter. Score Makana. With Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Haemaccelo Kalu, and Ho’onani Kamai.

The films are screening

Friday 27 November, 8pm, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, £7.

Sunday 29 November, 2pm, Rose Lipman Building, Hackney, £5, or £7 on door.

The director of Little Elephant Kate Jessop and I will be at Friday’s screening at Bernie Grant Arts Centre. So if you make it do say ‘hello!’

After the recent experience at Shout in Birmingham, I’m looking forward to seeing Little Elephant on a large screen again with a room full of different people. And I’m even more excited to see Kumu Hina which looks like a beautiful film: the story, visuals and it’s spirit.

Little Elephant was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Seed Funding was provided by: Gem Arts, Sheffield City Council, Homotopia and Shout Festival.

Supported by Arts Council England

September events are here…

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After much blood, sweat and tears we’re in business… Beneath the Surface is having an outing in early autumn. We’re running 6 workshop events from north to south, well south to north, with performance extracts.

In London we’re working with the Southbank Centre, building on some preliminary work done there back in April as part of Alchemy. In Sandwell we’re working with Black Country Touring and Smethwick Library reaching local grassroots communities. In Birmingham we’re working with Healthy Gay Life and Sampad at mac. In Sheffield we’re working with Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield City Council, Centre for HIV & Sexual Health and Point Blank. In Leicester we’re working with Leicester LGBT Centre and Curve Theatre. In Newcastle we’re working with GEM Arts, MESMAC North East and Pride Cafe.  It’s all very exciting!

This stage is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. GEM Arts has co-commissioned the script.

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Beneath the Surface Autumn Dates

Sheffield Live! Interview available here…

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What a drama getting to this interview yesterday… I managed to park on the other side of town. I forgot my phone in the car. Upon realising this I was a few streets away already running tight. So I took a calculated risk and left my white iphone in the driver’s seat, rather than rescuing it and getting late for my interview. The thinking was: it’s such a dank and grey day that a potential car burglar would have to get close to the window to be able to see inside. I raced across town in the rain. Sheffield Live! was not where I thought it was going to be. Firstly Paternoster Row was not where I thought it should be. It wasn’t far – it was parallel to my idea of it. Then I couldn’t find the building itself. Of course at this point one turns to one’s phone: maps, email or even makes a call. After getting directions from someone I was sent the wrong way down the road, now getting warm and breaking into a sweat in my brown woolly jumper and thick coat. After returning from the direction of the bus station, nearly via BBC Sheffield (due to misdirection by the Big Issue seller), I managed to get ‘accurate’ directions from someone at the Showroom Cinema – today’s farishta. And it was just around the corner from there. I arrived in a breathless urgency and a little cross. My emotions  plateaued in the exceedingly s_l_o_w lift. 90 seconds later we’re on air.

Sheffield Live! Interview 25 Feb 2013

In my defence I’m still getting my bearings around Sheffield…

Unsurprisingly the car window was still intact and phone sat waiting patiently for me.

Sheffield Live!

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sheffield-live-logoI’ve a live radio interview at 12:10 (GMT) today with Kevin Resley on the Communities Live programme on Sheffield Live! online or 93.2FM.