Over 200 people bought tickets to our Made in Blackpool screenings, with Blackpool and London being sell-out nights.
Over 200 people are more aware of what it is like living with PTSD caused by sexual violence and the latter stages of an alcohol dependents life through watching my films Prefer To Sip Tea and Changing Tides.
Over 200 people backed my somewhat lofty idea of showing these films at cinemas as a way of sharing these important messages.
You could say I was slightly mad arranging screenings at such an early juncture of my filmmaking career, but what better way to give something back to everyone who has supported me on the journey so far? Your messages, backing and generous donations made all of this possible and I am eternally grateful for that.
And the support at each screening was incredible! I’m still pinching myself that you came out in such numbers to watch our little films.
I hope my thank you doesn’t feel slow in coming because I assure you it is heartfelt. Truth be told, I needed a little bit of time away to gather myself. Sharing such personal experiences and organising all the screenings, whilst also learning and growing as a filmmaker, is fairly exhausting. But I’m so glad I did it and had the chance to share it with you. And I can’t wait to share my films with more of you soon, particularly my supporters across the pond who have backed me from the start.
So, what is happening with my films?
Prefer To Sip Tea is out in the big wide world of film festivals. To date, it has been selected for 11 festivals. Of those, it has won five awards, been a semi-finalist, had two nominations and one honourable mention. To say this was unexpected is an understatement. I am completely blown away. Shot in a day with a budget of £100 and four people in the cast and crew shows you anything is possible.
For those of you who are not familiar with film festivals, we can’t release the films on streaming platforms whilst they are on the festival circuit. They usually do the rounds for around 12 months. So, unfortunately, you can’t watch Prefer To Sip Tea yet, but you can watch the trailer below. And don’t worry, I will be sure to announce it everywhere when the film is going online.
Changing Tides isn’t on the festival circuit yet. Holding my hands up and being honest, post-production didn’t go quite how I was expecting. The version of the film we showed at the screening was good, but it can be even better and that’s what I’m currently working on.
What does this mean? Well, it means Changing Tides is back in post. I’m working with an extremely talented editor to iron out the creases and give it the best chance at film festivals and eventually streaming platforms once the festival run is over. So, sit tight for more info on that, and until then here’s the original trailer.
If you know me, you know I don’t sit still for very long. I’m already beavering away on new story ideas that has turned my living room into one of those police detective offices you see on the TV. The cogs are well and truly turning, helped by the Advanced Playwriting course with Dawn King at Theatre 503 that I completed recently. More films are coming and hopefully a play too.