Matthew and Stephen are just back from working in South Australia with Tutti Arts for six weeks. They say they had a great time supporting people to make new films, and showing films from the Oska Bright Archives.
They trained 49 people with a learning disability and their support teams to make films, creating 7 new films as part of this training. You can see the films they made here:
After our emotional goodbyes in Adelaide, and a very enjoyable party where we danced to Michael Jackson music and Samba AT THE SAME TIME! And Stephen remarkably did at least 60 forward rolls on the dance floor - we are here in Shanghai Airport. We are browsing in shops, buying Duty Frees and the Tim Tams we forgot to get in Australia. We are about to go for a bite to eat.
It has been an enjoyable, rewarding adventure.
We are now going back to the UK to start looking at all the films that have been entered into Oska Bright 2011, and choosing the ones that we will show. Its going to be a busy time - and we are really looking forward to it. It’ll be great to share our Aussie adventures with the rest of the Oska Bright Committee at our meeting during May.
We will be posting all 7 of the films we made in Australia on the uScreen website - we will post it here as soon as we have done that - watch this space!!!
Oska Bright On The Road – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti at Clare, South Australia
Tuesday 5th April until Friday 8th April 2011
By Matthew Hellett
We’ve had an enjoyable week with a lively and enthusiastic group of young people. They had loads of ideas and loads of energy – we had to keep thinking of lots of new ideas to keep them all busy – we are exhausted now!
They chose to make a film that was a trailer for a longer action film – called “The Legend of the K9 Hero”. It was about a superhero that saves the environment and the world!
All of the films that we’ve made here in Australia will soon be up on uScreen – as soon as we get back to the UK!
On Thursday night we were invited to the small cinema in Blyth – a small village down the road from Clare. We showed some Oska Bright films and I did a presentation about Oska Bright for everyone there. The audience were friendly, nice and accommodating.
We have now finished all of our residencies in South Australia, and are getting ready to go back home. We have all had a fantastic, enjoyable time here. Its going to be hard getting back to our normal routines. When we get home we’ve got a lot to do with the rest of the committee. We will be getting ready to show some Oska Bright films at Upstream in Brighton Festival in May. We will also be looking at hundreds of new films, and putting together some screenings for our next Festival in November of this year! Its going to be a busy time for us!
Goodbye Australia and thank you to all of our new friends here. We are already talking about coming back to show our films in other Australian cities – watch this space!
Oska Bright On The Road – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti at Barossa Valley, South Australia
Monday 28th March until Thursday 31st March 2011
By Matthew Hellett
Wow! We’ve just finished the best film making week with a lovely group of people in Barossa valley. We worked at Nurootpa Library with 8 people with a learning disability from Barossa Leisure Options.
The group made 3 separate adverts – one about Supakleen, a new kind of music that gets your house clean quickly, another called Quarter Bounders about two kangaroos eating burgers that gave them extra bounce to help them hop to different parts of Australia, and the third one called Superfast about a spray that makes your car fly! I also made a film that showed Mrs Sparkle from England dancing with another Mrs Sparkle I found from Barossa – great fun, and good for drag queens everywhere.
Feedback from this group was brilliant – they’ve already planned to start a film making group (starting on Monday 4th April – can you believe?) so that they can keep up with their new found film making skills and impress us with new films soon!!! I am very excited about this and what they will turn out.
Barossa is a lovely place – we did some wine tasting in our lunch hour – and saw a fantastic sun set in a beautiful sculpture park on the side of a big hill.
We were very well looked after during our stay in Barossa by the lovely Pam, Renee and the fabulous Uncle Mike who cooked us fabulous food every day – lunch and dinner. I particularly liked the curried egg sandwiches and the chicken schnitzels!
We were sad to leave but we hope that Oska Bright will be back there in Barossa in the not too distant future!