First contribution to the Film Fund – from my heroine!

Although the film-funding campaign for The Dancing Floor has not officially started yet,  our first contribution arrived yesterday, unexpectedly, in the post.  It was from my friend, Lynn Trowbridge, author of this book:

Lynn's book
Lynn’s book

It tells of her life growing up in Wales in the thirties, trying to protect her little sister in the grim orphanage where they were sent after her parents died, then fighting out of the box they tried to put her into by becoming first a WAAF and then a successful businesswoman.  It comes from a generation now in their nineties, who survived the war, who don’t do self-pity, who have a toughness which my generation, born after the war, do not possess.  It’s a great read and you can get it through Amazon.

Anyway, Lynn said she wanted to contribute to the fund because her book sales were going well and she felt I had been the one, to give her the confidence to write it.  Flashback to the time Lynn appeared at the writing class I was running at Hay Library, a trim, determined figure who did not mince words.  ‘I am in charge of the Hay Writers Group,’ she said, ‘and I have come to see what exercises and ideas you have so that I can use them there. If they are any good.’  I was taken aback and annoyed.  I was not sure I wanted this assertive person to steal my techniques.  I smelt trouble!

The next week I set them to write about their childhood and Lynn stood up and read a piece about arriving at the orphanage with her sister.  It was briskly and elegantly worded, with piquant, truthful dialogue, and vivid characters.  It was funny and poignant. The class was moved and impressed, and from that day on, my view of Lynn changed and we became friends.  Now she is one of my heroines, a shining example of ‘stop moaning and get on with it!’ school.  And a good writer.

Wye Lynn

Thanks, Lynn, and may your brilliant book spread round the world.

Dancing Floor film update

Gethin and Sita on the Dancing Floor
Gethin and Sita on the Dancing Floor

So what’s been going on with the film?  After some successful previews of the pilot, we are now entering a new phase: finding finance for the feature film.  This means:

a crowdfunding campaign

a search for bigger investors

talking to Ffilm Cymru Wales

Jo Eliot (Hay Festival of British Cinema) and Roger Goodman (Llangollen Fringe festival) have joined me to help push this phase forwards.  It is great to have their support.  I am currently looking for someone to help me with the Crowdfunding campaign and other social media.  If you know someone, let me know.

We are planning a big event at Hay Castle on Wednesday September 9 to launch the campaign: there will be music, storytelling, info about the Mabinogion and about the film project, plus food and drink – and a showing of the fifteen-minute pilot film.  We want to invite our local community to get involved (not just in giving money!)- there will be plenty of opportunities for:

extras of all sorts, both Welsh-speaking and non

primary school children who like dancing

young people who want to learn about film

people with film-making or production skills

Please put the date in your diaries and come!  Tickets will be available (£5) from me nearer the time and at the door.

Meanwhile, I will be updating this blog more regularly and building a mailing list of interested people.

“It’s all smoke and mirrors, Mal, cheap magic!”