On a clear day, this view from Skye to the mainland would be majestic. No matter the rain, we were there to talk and listen. We were interviewing for a spoken portrait about an extraordinary life lived across continents and through war and civil strife. A profoundly moving, meaningful and rewarding project to work on.
It was so uplifting to hear about a happy wartime evacuation while interviewing for a 90th birthday spoken portrait. Two sisters with wonderful memories of seeing the Lakes for the first time, of croquet on the law, and loving hosts reading bedtime stories and helping with piano practice. Life-long friendships forged in just a few months.
This is one in a series of ten podcasts that we produced about a newly commissioned children’s opera by composer Kate Whitley and writer Sabrina Mahfouz. The podcasts follow the production of the opera Paws & Padlocks, from writing and fundraising through to rehearsals and the final performance. You can listen to all ten podcasts in the series on Soundcloud.
Paws & Padlocks was commissioned by Blackheath Halls with support from the Arts Council England and a number of other charitable trusts. It premiered at the Blackheath Halls in April 2017. You’ll find more information on the Blackheath Halls website.
Fascinating to talk to artist Diana Cumming about Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Pears was a friend and collector of her work. Several of her paintings – including this marvellous self-portrait – are now in the Britten-Pears archive at the Red House.
The recorded interview will be added to their audio-visual archive.
This is one of a series of ten talking heads videos that we filmed for a residential property developer in the north west. They wanted videos for their website that would introduce potential buyers to the local area and its traders. We interviewed people from key local businesses and schools at their place of work. We also interviewed the architect and landscape architect about the housing design. The final edit and graphics were added by the developer’s web designer, IMOSO
These clips are taken from a 40 minute piece in which the subject recalls her childhood growing up during the war, her time studying fashion and working as a professional dress designer, and her early married life. We were commissioned to produce the portrait by her daughter, who thought it would be a lovely project for her mother to work on. Rather than attempt to cover all aspects of her mother’s life during those years, we decided to focus on two of her great passions and joys: food and fashion. She embraced the themes, and the whole family loved listening to the finished portrait.
This short podcast introduces The London Ear: one of the surprising London walks led by Dotmaker Tours. We produced podcasts for each of the walks for Dotmaker Tours to post on their website and publicise by social media.
For more information about Dotmaker Tours visit www.dotmakertours.co.uk.
We produced this short film to document the New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival 2015 festival. It pairs photos by festival volunteers and audience members with audio and interviews recorded at the film events.
Sir Bob Scott recalls his time as Managing Director of the Manchester Palace and Opera House.
The spoken ‘self-portrait’ is based on material from interviews with Bob at his home. The music is from the shows, ballets and operas that he talks about.
We produced this podcast to document the fourth New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival. The volunteer-run festival featured 52 films shown at 18 venues over ten days from 24 April to 3 May.
For more about the festival visit https://www.facebook.com/nxdfff. For more about Free Film Festivals – the community group that promotes free film screenings in community venues – visit http://www.freefilmfestivals.org.