What I'm working on in 2022...
Brenda Wootton was a Cornish housewife who shot to international fame with a singing career. My first long-form documentary, produced by Denzil Monk, will trace her story alongside the struggles of today's Cornwall, as her daughter Sue fights to preserve her legacy.
The minority cultures of Britain, Latvia, Estonia and the Netherlands will be explored in this film, part of a European Commission-funded project which brings together universities internationally. I'll be looking at Cornish, Fryslân and Livonian intangible culture heritage, how they can be made more resilient within mainstream cultures, and what life is like for the people who claim them as their own.
Screening in April 2022, a short film showcasing the beauty and challenges of South Cornwall's industrial heartlands.