Friday, February 13, 2015

Talbot House - Supporting families of people with learning disabilities

Gabe and Shaun outside Ron Keeling's K-Style Barbers
in Chorlton-cum-Hardy (scene from ANGEL SNOW)
People may well ask why we selected Talbot House as the organisation to support during the promotion of our latest short film drama, ANGEL SNOW.

Ron Keeling, who had given us considerable help with the making of ANGEL SNOW and whose family have a strong association with Talbot House asked if we could contribute to them. We said "yes".

So it was that last Tuesday morning, we arrived at Talbot House, tucked away in the Newton Heath area of Manchester to meet up with Bernie Wood, the General Manager, her wonderful colleagues, all parents and carers.

Bernie Wood, General Manager, Talbot House
 First stop, a welcome cup of tea and then into the main office (just about fits three desks in there) complete with 4K camera, lights and sound equipment.

I should know better than to film against a bright window background, and when Bernie saw herself on the small screen afterwards, she was the first comment that her face was in shadow, despite a small fill in light on her face during filming.

And so it was, but with some post-production jiggery-pokery, I doubt that you would know it. I shan't say how it was done, but thank goodness for special effects!

Frane Crake, Support Worker / Administrator
After Bernie, it was Fran's turn to sit in front of the camera, in the same tight office, by turning the camera round through 90 degrees and re-positioning the lighting and the microphone.

Fran, like Bernie, talked about why Talbot House is so important to her and to all of the families that are being supported by it.

This organisation receives no Government support, relying entirely on the good nature of the people who recognise the importance of what is being done there.

In fact, it was so very noticeable with all of the people who spoke to us, Bernie, Fran and three parent carers, that they all spoke from their heart. They have known the good times and they have known equally the not so good times.

With 5 interviews in the can and various other shots taken of activities such as a regular meeting with parent carers, and some "pampering", designed to make the parent carers and the cared feel good, it was time to get back and start on the post-production of the film.

Released today, this can now be found on YouTube, by clicking below:

Donations can be made through the Talbot House website. And if you come to the Angel Snow premiere on 20th February, you too can have the opportunity to contribute to an excellent organisation.

The money being handed over to Fran Crake of Talbot House.

During the evening of 20th February 2015 at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, a total of approximately £310 was collected for Talbot House.

There will be further opportunities to raise money through a major raffle and through further showings of Angel Snow and accompanying films.

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