Whilst in SA for the screening, Freya was delighted to do some work with the extraordinary Winnie Mabaso Foundation http://www.winniemabaso.org/ and its Founder and CEO Lisa Ashton. Freya has known Lisa for a while but never had the chance to be involved with the actual Foundation and this trip allowed her the chance to see just some of the amazing projects it is currently undertaking.
Filming with Johannesburg-based cameraman Dean Hibbert, who she worked with on the initial C.A.S.T. Project, the two of them got the opportunity to capture some of the work being undertaken in the SQUATTERS CAMP from several newly erected shacks, the library, a kids Sports day, members of Granny Club and the Friday night Feeding Station. Freya will produce several short films for the website and is working with Lisa on ideas for her next trip.
HOW? LUCKY SCREENS IN FINETOWN
Last week Freya finally screened HOW? LUCKY to the township community in the Finetown Multipurpose Building, where the film was shot. Ahead of the screening, posters were pinned up at the STOP sign, a central crossroads in the township which features heavily throughout the film. On the day, a huge screen, speakers and mic were all set up in the space as were trestle tables with hotdogs and water for the guests and an original HOW? LUCKY t-shirt for signing. ‘Africa-time’ meant the film started later than intended but to a good mix of audience-members, several of whom appear in the film. Lucky introduced the film along with a few words from Freya.
Last week BoyandBearFilms had screenings of all three recent films Not Waving, Bread and Butter and How? Lucky at the CUBE CINEMA Bristol and THE SOHO HOTEL, London.
The audiences were made up of cast and crew, Industry folks, friends and family and were followed by suitable amounts of drinking and celebrating.
What they are saying!
‘So diverse, yet with a connective line of humanity, compassion and beauty that made the whole evening a real treat.’ Writer/Director Ben Blaine (Blaine Brothers)
‘the variety of your work, all linked perhaps by a common humanity... especially intrigued by the magical fragmented musical!’ Writer/Director Richard Kwietniowski
New Narrative short
In Freya’s 1998 short WINDOW SHOPPING (BAFTA shortlisted, Santa Barbara Film festival, Leeds Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art) left off with it’s heroine deciding to marry her unseen English boyfriend after a day’s reminiscing about 3x ex-boyfriends in the streets of New York.
18 years on, divorced, she re-navigates the Big Apple through Tinder and the re-discovery of those ex-ex’s !
NEW DOCUMENTARY ( UNTITLED)
Freya will be working with Cameraman Lex Beckett (HOW? LUCKY) again on a new documentary in September 2016. The film will follow Alex Dower and Creating Freedom’s drama workshops for children with disabilities and their famillies in Siberia and Moscow.
Alex and Freya first worked together in 2012 in Lebanon running filmmaking workshops for children from the refugee camps with David Morrissey’s charity CAST (Creative Arts Schools Trust). Alex has gone on to run a series of extremely successful projects with http://www.creatingfreedom.co.uk/ in both the UK and Russia, some of which involved Freya’s Film Production graduates from UoG.
The film feels like an extension of some of the themes explored in HOW? LUCKY about the power and importance of ‘radical’ teaching, something Freya is extremely committed to on a personal level.
This project is being supported by the same funders & wonderful organisers of the project Alex ran in Perm, Russia in March 2016 and will work with the Niznevartovsk Puppet Theatre and Moscow Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.
Film Maker /Lecturer and Lover of Life !!