Yearly Archives: 2011

Two PFP Films shown at Abilityfest 2011

Radio Bhai (made in association with the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed) and Encourage and I Can (made in association with Epic Arts) were recently selected for screening at the Abilityfest Film Festival in Chennai. The festival organiser writes as follows – “We are pleased to inform you that Abilityfest 2011 was a huge success. The crowds came in huge numbers and appreciated the cinema that we showcased. We are also very proud to say that Encourage and I Can and Radio Bhai were very well received. We spoke to people in the audience who enjoyed Radio Bhai and others who were touched by Encourage and I Can”.

Reports from the PFP Annual General Meeting 2010/11

Purple Field Productions held it’s fourth Annual General Meeting in the presence of friends and supporters at 10 Hill View Terrace, Ilminster on Tuesday 30th August 2011.

For the full report from the Chair, please click here

For the Annual Report, including accounts, <please click here

Please take a look at this film

The PFP/CPA cerebral plasy advocacy film, “The Time is Now”, is up on the internet in its entirety.
We are anxious for it to be seen by as many people as possible – especially those who can make a difference to the provision of services in Ghana.
Please help us by taking a look at the film and by passing the link on to your firends, encouraging everyone to also mention it on the social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Letter 6 from Malawi – Olivia Prutz

The Welcome Song - photograph by Ingrid HeslingHi PFP followers
Another week ends in Malawi and there is a lot to tell. It feels very strange to become a team of two now that Ingrid, our production assistant, has gone home. However, we have entered phase two of the filmmaking process; post production, so there is a lot to keep us busy.
Although we are predominantly editing now, there are still a few bits of filming that need to be completed, including the re-build of a modern brick stove, which we did earlier this week. Our first attempt at this ended up as a bit too chaotic, with the whole village eager to be involved and the builders keen to show off their skills.
Second time around we specifically requested a low-key build, without a village of spectators and with plenty of time to stop and start as required. Our first indication that this would simply be asking too much was when we stopped off en route to pick up seven eager volunteers and squeeze them all in the vehicle with us. Further proof, if needed, that this wasn’t going to be as low-key as we were hoping was the reception of singing villagers and the sit down meeting with village elders. Once again we had an avid audience as the filming got underway.
I think perhaps that the Malawian definition of low-key differs greatly from ours, but the villagers remained very quiet and although some of our stove builders had perhaps a bit more enthusiasm than skill, the end result turned out very well.
On Saturday evening Colin took a break from editing as we were invited to a birthday party. Norbert, our landlord, turned 88 and Janey, his wife, invited us to come over and celebrate with their friends and relatives. Despite slightly low expectations of sitting awkwardly in the corner, we had a great time with some tasty food and of course an enormous birthday cake and plenty of fizzy pop and beer. The kids led the dancing, followed shortly after by the adults, and soon we were dragged out of our seats to join in as well. Although even the smallest of grandchildren could dance better than I can, Colin saved English pride with some very impressive moves that earned him some whooping and cheering.
On the dot of 8.30pm the well-trained guests said their good byes and made their way home and after a few more words with Norbert, so did we. We really appreciated the effort made to invite and include us and it is just one of many examples of the friendliness and generosity of, not only our hosts, but also most of the Malawians we have met during our trip.
But now I had best get back to some work and stop daydreaming of birthday cake.
Until next time,
Olivia – PFP camera operator turned production assistant.

Letter 5 from Malawi – Ingrid's Farewell

Ingrid at WorkMy time here is almost at an end. The production assistant is no longer needed. It really doesn’t seem over a month ago that we arrived in Lilongwe airport amid all the bustle and chaos. The filming is almost completed with just bee-keeping and mushroom growing remaining on the ‘to do’ list.
Now the filming is almost done the serious editing begins and a film will be ready to screen within the coming month. I am truly sorry to miss these preliminary screenings. I would love to be there and watch the reactions from the locals. I want to know if they will laugh where we hope they will or even laugh where we would not expect it. This part of the PFP film-making process is so important, as this film is not for us, it is for the Malawian people themselves. It features farmers and growers, explaining why they have chosen sustainable farming as a way of life and how this can benefit all, the people, the land and the future generations. The audiences will be consulted at this initial stage – are the messages clear- have we got anything wrong- can it be improved upon- is it interesting enough to capture the imagination and make one want to practice conservation agriculture for themselves?
It has been fascinating for me to see how all the diverse things we filmed begin to take shape into a cohesive story in the Director’s mind. I look forward to seeing the final masterpiece when it is shown in the U.K!
Meanwhile, I need to wash the red, dusty soil off my camera bag and prepare to say my farewells to many new friends. Also, I am wondering how the bean-winnowing basket I really needed will fit into my suitcase, along with the four heavy, wooden nsima stirring spoons, the twelve brightly coloured chitenge cloths, a huge bag of home-roasted Malawi nuts from our lovely driver’s wife, a bottle of Nali hot pepper sauce, oh and the PFP camera, tripod, battery packs and chargers, but maybe I can just nip up to the market for one more Chitengi – only to protect the tripod you understand…must dash
Tionana! See you!

Ingrid Hesling, PFP Stills Photographer & Production Assistant, Malawi