In February 2011 I made The End, my second short film under the BSLBT’s Zoom Short Film Scheme. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would later be invited abroad to film festivals where I would talk about my experience and offer advice to other deaf filmmakers. Since the film has been released I have travelled 4 times to 3 different countries; my most recent was Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. I have never travelled so far in my life and it was an amazing experience. I went with my partner Becky (Director: Little World) and one of the actors in The End - Brian Duffy (Director: Strangers). We were welcomed by everyone in the deaf community and attended the SilentSHOUT short film festival (website: silentshout.my). The festival is only in its second year and already the deaf filmmakers are beginning to deliver some impressive films. They are very impressed with the quality of the BSL Zone films and had lots of questions for us.
With funding very difficult for deaf people in most countries, I feel it is important we share our experiences and support other deaf people in the hope they will aspire to do well in life generally, as well as with making films. The BSLBT is a great beacon of hope and inspiration for many people all over the world and I am constantly reminded of that on my travels.
I left Malaysia with many new friends and lots of footage to edit. I hope I return one day, it is a beautiful place with beautiful people!