Mayday in Lockdown: Filming Day May 1st 2020

Would you like to take part in an exciting participatory filming project? On Friday May 1st Funder Films CIC  (based in Wye) is coordinating a filming day throughout the borough of Ashford. The idea is for us all to work together to document ‘life under lockdown’. We’ll take a look at all the submissions and then edit them together to make a film (Working title: Mayday Mayday: Life in Lockdown and Beyond) to be shown when we all escape our confinement.



We’re looking for 3-4 minutes from each submission. You might choose to film just one long sequence or you could edit clips together. Please introduce your clip by saying what you’re filming and why you think it’s significant.

In addition we’d like you to answer three questions while you’re on camera:  ‘Has there been anything good about lockdown? What have you found most difficult? When we re-emerge, would you like the world to change in any particular way?’

Here’s a video to explain how I might go about it:

I’m hoping for participation not just from people like me who are stuck at home (old and young…) but also from people who are in the front line – working in hospitals, schools, council workers, supermarket workers. If you want to film anonymously, then that’s fine. Just let the camera do the talking. I’m aware that the crisis and the response hasn’t exactly been easy – so I see this as an opportunity for all of us to say what we think.

Plenty of other things to say.. this is not funded.. Funder Films is in furlough.. that’s probably enough for here. I wonder what will result?

Finding Ella Harling – the film


Please see the Eventbrite invites for the three screenings of Finding Ella Harling at the end of May.

Friday 26th May at 5pm at the Curzon Cinema in Canterbury

Friday 26th May at 5.30 pm at the Curzon Cinema in Canterbury

Monday 29th May at 6 pm at the Small Village Hall in Wye

Ella Harling was a girl who lived in Wye during World War 1. She is notable because she compiled a diary which is now in the Imperial War Museum, and she also volunteered as a sailmaker, repairing the fabric on planes at Bramble Lane Aerodrome in Wye during 1918. The film uses archive footage supplied by Wye Historical Society, the Imperial War Museum and members of the Harling family – to document what we know about Ella’s life both during the war and afterwards, and also to show what the Finding Ella Harling project has involved. Making use of actors (well-known locally), a local school, local singers, a local budgerigar… it promises to be a veritable local blockbuster!

The film is about 20 minutes long, is free and is suitable for all audiences who have heard of World War 1… (probably not the very small unless very precocious..)  I very much hope that you’ll be able to make it to one of the showings. Please click on the date and time for the Eventbrite listing.