So I’ve been quiet.

After the excitement of 18 months spent making, distributing, and touring Gylamu’s House, last year was quieter.  In fact I decided to undertake an MSc in Psychology to deepen my understanding of human action and cognition and to become more familiar with scientific method.  I am keen to advance my filmmaking into more rigorous scientific areas and I felt an understanding some of the principles of Natural Science research would be beneficial.  I also thoroughly enjoyed it – education has value in and of itself.

I’m now beginning to develop several possible projects – some of which draw upon this experience.

Screenings for Gyalmu’s House

Gyalmu’s House has now been selected for a number of film festivals and festival tours across Europe, America and Asia.  I am keeping an updated page of screening dates and locations (or links to tour diaries) on the film’s web pages, here: https://gyalmushouse.wordpress.com/home/screenings/

 

Gyalmu’s House at Kendal Mountain Festival

Following an excellent and exciting time at the Banff Mountain Film Festivalin Canada we’re now off, with Gyalmu’s House, to Europe’s equivalent, the Kendal International Mountain Festival.  There are some excellent films showing and interesting speakers, it’s always a fun weekend and I tend to go even if I don’t have a film there.

http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/

 

Gyalmu’s House nearing completion

The film we made in Nepal, Gyalmu’s House, is nearing the final stages of the edit.  It’s been a particularly complex process for me, not speaking Nepali; thankfully of course Asmita, my co-director, does.

We have created a web site with a short trailer, a few other bits of film ‘extras’ and the ususal blog, sysnopsis and biographies.  I’ll be posting all detail about the film on that site, not here.

It’s here   www.gyalmushouse.wordpress.com 

An extraordinary journey in Nepal

Asmita Shrish (a wonderful Nepali filmmaker) and I have more or less finished editing a film we shot in Nepal this spring (2016).  It follows an amazing woman, Nima Gyalmu Lama, as she sets about rebuilding her house, and to an extent her world, after the devastating earthquake , landslides and avalanche destroyed much of her community in April 2015.  Sixteen members of her close family were killed, her house destroyed and the place she knew changed forever.  However, along with the other survivors, she carries on, often with great humour, strength and dignity.  It was humbling to be with her.

Walking through the valley was also a powerful experience. The lower reaches are warm, enclosed and green  There are signs of the devastation, but it is not overwhelming.  However once you emerge into the upper valley it is open, ravaged, bleak; the debris of destruction is everywhere.  One village, the main settlement of the valley, simply does not exist anymore, it is a debris field.

Over 300 people lost their lives including around 100 visitors, mostly foreign trekkers.  The rest were locals, porters, visiting labour and guides.  The remaining people in the valley are now disparate for the tourists to return.  Rebuilding in both a literal and a metaphoric sense is going on everywhere, one can only hope that business and good fortune will return to this place.

The film we shot, resulting in a short (18 minute) documentary will be released to festivals from this autumn.  If you were one of the people I met in the valley, please do get in touch and I’ll give you access to a private version.

Andante over 1 million

We (Ruth, the featured cellist) and I have been amazed at the response to Andante.  Over 1 million views on facebook, and tens of thousands on other web sites. The comments on facebook have been wonderful and touching: “I don’t have an adequate vocabulary to describe how your journey and your playing made me feel” and ” I wept while I watched this. So moving for me and such a fantastic adventure. I am keeping this post forever.”

Ruth and I have been inspired by this to start talking about another project, a more ambitious journey with the cello.

Watch this space.