Updated: Jan 14
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in the noughties with a string of music and film qualifications. To be honest, I was unable to utilise those skills at that time because of family commitments. But also, the digital landscape was not well established at that time (at least the free platforms for exposure were not) and production was costly.
The rise of digital facilities, social media, free software online, and the cream on the pie, smartphones, marked the swell of huge capabilities for any downtrodden women. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that these things do not come cheap or free. But the tools required to make a film are way cheaper and more available than they were back then.
Funding from Future's Venture gave me a film editing studio like no there I had had prior to getting the grant. But more than anything, the funding gave me the confidence to put my work out there. I had been pretty well marginalised before as a whacky lefty feminasty. Look, I still am, but at least now I feel justified in the battle to be heard.
I make film about women and the feminine struggle. We are miles away from equality. We still get downtrodden, beaten, get our cunts mutilated and controlled and never get the same amount of money as men. But my films are about more than that.
I seek enlightenment for all the human race.
Without equality for all the world's colours, abilities and genders, there is no enlightenment.
Without enlightenment there is no advancement. Humans are just animals, flailing around in their own excrement.
Writing is now a big part of my weekly but it is no different to any of the other art I have made before. The filmmaker is a visual storyteller and even painters often use a heavy narrative. Narrative is storytelling.
The Birth of Adom, funded entirely by Future's Venture, is a film about hope. It about the redemption of humanity through the eradication of suffering.
I am now directing Fanny Blomme which is about enlightenment. The films are a series of short stories spawned in Lockdown (which has been a prison sentence for artists like myself who rely heavily on interaction and performance) The films show the human struggle through a feminine entity. But the element of femininity is not as relevant as the element of patriarchy which is the enemy of all the world's people. Patriarchy destroys men, people of colour, women, children, the disabled, the lost.
Lockdown, this prison, has made me reflect on how humanity can improve and how it should improve before it is lost. Existing is not enough.