Agi K’s short at Raindance 2015

imageGetting your film screened at Raindance, Europe’s largest independent film festival has got to be a highlight of any filmmaker’s career. And to experience this aged 13, with my film that I made last year, when I was 12 was a mindblowingly amazingly experience. My 5 minute short ‘We the Mountain, We the Sea’ went down well. There was such a buzz about the Vue Cinema Piccadilly where the festival was held, I had fun meeting Elliot Grove and the rest of the Raindance team, the foyer was full of interesting people talking and discussing interesting things. It was exciting, and an experience that I’ll never forget.

Here’s Wales On Sunday interviewing me about Raindance
And here are a few photos from the week.


with the man himself, Elliot Grove on the red carpet

with the man himself, Elliot Grove on the red carpet at Raindance 2015!

              my short in the programme! image






FANTASTIC news! Thanks to Wales On Sunday’s coverage of my film work this year, and their reporting and appeal of the theft of my camera equipment, along with the appeal on ITV, and here ITV NEWS online ,a Welsh based video production company, Rockadove got in touch with Wales On Sunday, wanting to help me carry on filming, by donating a video camera!



Me and my little sister went to meet them in their production studios in Cardiff, to be presented with this amazing new camera. They are incredibly lovely people, making brilliant videos. I’m so happy and full of gratitude to them and so touched by their generosity. They have also offered me work experience which I’m excited about!

imageA really big shoutout to Wales on Sunday for following my film screenings this year, and supporting me when my film equipment was stolen, with their appeal. They first called me for an interview when I was in London at IYAF here: the start, and now interviewed me  about Raindance here.

Have you ever wondered what my home education is like? Well, last week I made a Vlog on my YouTube channel as I was asked to contribute to arts award voice’s creative education month, talking about how my education works and answering some questions I am frequently asked.

Magdalena is getting harder to film without her noticing, so I’m going to tell you something I would have filmed if I had managed to catch it, when we were in London we were catching lots of different buses and straining to see the numbers as they approached asking each other she turned round and told me ‘I know what the numbers mean, its how old the buses are’ That made me smile, I love her logic.

So, now away from the bright lights of Central London to the quiet hills of Wales to declog, order and make space on my computer so that I can get on and edit Episode 9 of My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome). After the blow of loosing so much of last year’s footage I’ve had a nice surprise,my Dad has just stumbled across a few minutes of footage that had been accidentally copied onto another harddrive. This is SO brilliant as it is from the prime footage that I had wanted to base this year’s episode around!
Watch this space as hoping to release it very soon! And if you haven’t seen the other 8 episodes, you can view them online or buy the DVDs!

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Short film by Agi K to be premiered at Raindance Film Festival 2015

we the mountain posterLast year I was honoured to be asked by the poet Penny Rimbaud (previous band member of CRASS) to make a short film to interpret and accompany We the Mountain, We the Sea a track taken from the album ‘Corpus Mei’, which is a collaborative venture between Penny Rimbaud and the producer Youth. The violinist is Isabella Kolaczynska. I found it very interesting to work with such a scenic track, as it’s very different to other music I have worked with for other artists, which has mostly been along the lines of classic pop. I loved the big sound of the track and it’s evocative words and got creative with layering and editing to illustrate it.

AND AMAZING news my film has been officially selected to be screened (out of more than 6,000 submissions) at the 23rd Raindance Film Festival, where it will get it’s world premiere screenings at the Vue Cinema, Piccadilly, London!

It’s programmed to screen before the feature film ‘Cavanna, He Was Charlie.’ on the 3rd and 4th October 2015

Go to the Raindance festival website:

About Raindance ‘Founded in 1992, Raindance is the UK’s largest independent film festival, showcasing over 100 features and 150 shorts each year, representing over 40 countries. Over the years, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed. Over the last few years our international Jury has included Lemmy, Charles Saatchi, Armando Iannucci and Tom Waits.’

Here is a teaser of the film!


Thanks for all the support you’ve all shown since the burglary! The biggest loss for me personally was the hard drive of footage ready to edit for the next My Little Sister… As well as this, I lost all the footage I had been shooting at IYAF, and most of the footage I had shot interviewing the artists at this year’s Heart & Sold private view that I was going to make into a film. And of course, all my stolen camera equipment (thank you so much for the £40 raised in donations to help out with rekitting me through this website and thanks for supporting me through buying the My Little Sister… DVDs here or VOD online) I have not had any news and I’ve let go of thinking the footage will be found or my filming kit be returned. It was really gutting as I am totally self-funded and it had taken me years of dog walking and saving to add each bit of kit together.

SO, I was thrilled when Jacapo Carbone who had been filming at IYAF, and who is making a documentary about the festival said he had a few clips of one of the My Little Sister Episode 8 screenings and of me talking on the biography panel talk!

So with the found footage I have edited together a short film of one of the screenings of My Little Sister… the talk with Mo Ali and Jassa Ahluwalia, presenting an award, and winning the IYAF Best Under 17 Production Award. Big Thank You to Jacapo for sharing his footage..

And so after Raindance Film Festival 2015 I will get to work on editing this year’s My Little Sister… it will be Episode 9 which will be released End of November.

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My Little Sister…wins IYAF Award

My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome) episode 8 winning the IYAF under 17 production award 2015My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) episode 8 has won the Best of Fest. IYAF Under 17 Production award 2015!



I’ve come back from this festival fueled with confidence, positivity and new skills, because IYAF (International Youth Arts Trevor Blackman & Agi K at the IYAF Best Of Fest award ceremonyFestival) genuinely is about what it says it’s about; celebrating creative youth, giving us platforms to be heard on, next to established artists who are already successful in the creative industries, and chances to practise and learn more skills.

Opportunities given to me at this festival were getting the chance to interview lots of different creatives, be interviewed, vlog, present an award, introduce my film to a live audience, be on a talk panel, and see my film screened on a big screen in different venues.And of course get to experience the whole event from launch parties, gala night and end of fest party, live gigs, dance, drama, poetry, art, theatre, films, comedy, panel talks about the creative industries. And before I tell you about my part in the festival I just want to say if you are thinking of being involved in IYAF GO FOR IT! As it will be a lifelong memorable experience of the best kind. The people running it are fabulous, its dynamic and fun.

Trevor presenting Agi K with the IYAF Under 17 production award

Film Screenings

I had the amazing opportunity of seeing my film screened twice at the festival, the first time as part of the Birdies Film Festival projected alongside Riverside Edge, and the second time to a full audience inside the Rose Theatre in a cinema that IYAF had set up especially for the screening! My sisters were there with me and I introduced the film to the audience. It was a great experience.

imageOne of the best parts about sitting there with a live audience was that I got to see the audience’s reaction. One of the things that I love about the My Little Sister films, is that often people who’ve never heard about or don’t know what Down’s syndrome is watch the films, and come up to me filled with positivity and curiosity afterwards, that happened at IYAF and it felt great to give people a fresh picture of Down’s syndrome.

All these amazing opportunities that have come out of the festival, a lot of them have come from the festival director Trevor Blackman. He was one of the nicest people ever and gave me the most amazing opportunities! All the team and founders, Phil, Robin, Sarah, Maria and too many to mention had the same genuine spirit and ethos.

Positive press from WalesOnline

on the biography panel with Mo Ali & Jassa AhluwaliaPanel Talk on Film

Mo Ali and Jassa Ahluwalia are positive inspirations to me, and it was great to be on the panel with them and have them be at the cinema screening of ‘My Little Sister…’ and show them my other film work. Such a boost having them enjoy my films and get acknowledgement and encouragement from them. Related to what they said, hearing them talk about the commitment and single minded focus needed to make films too.


Agi K & Jassa AhluwaliaAgi K & Mo Ali








Festival Vlogs

I had a great opportunity of boosting my confidence by vlogging daily! You can check out my first few vlogs below

In my first IYAF vlog I go to the first official event of the festival! The Next Level Music Night followed by the K Games in Kingston skatepark.

In my second IYAF vlog I go to K Town Live, and the Carnival Parade!

In my third IYAF vlog me and Magdalena see the My Little Sister trailer screened at the Royal Gala Night! And I have a chat with Radio Presenter Dobbs.

Meeting Leo & Charlie, and giving them the My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) DVDS.





In my fourth vlog of IYAF I go to a Bars and Melody concert.

I have been editing and uploading these vlogs on the go at about 1 in the morning throughout the festival each day, I had lots more ready to upload, including videos of my film screenings, interviews with artists and presenters, me talking on a film biography panel, me accepting my best of fest award and much more, but unfortunately on the last day of the festival our car got robbed.

We’d gone swimming in Chiswick the morning of the last day, then we were planning to go to my big sister’s flat where I was going to finish editing the vlogs and get them uploaded to youtube. When we came out of the pool we were in complete confusion trying to take in that camera equipment, computer, phones, ipads, purses and everything else of value had gone. It was absolutely devastating, and I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I have not only lost all the footage and photos from the festival, but they also stole an external hard drive which had a year’s worth of footage ready for the next My Little Sister film.

ITV Wales interviewing me for the newsI’m still holding out that with the appeal on facebook and the press coverage and I.T.V. wales interviewing me this week that someone will find the external hard drive and memory cards and return them.

WalesOnline appealing for help to get my hard drive & equipment back
Surrey Comet appeal

To watch my interview on ITV news click the link below

ITV News online interview and appeal

Please share the above link, and if you have any information or have found anything regarding the case then please contact Hounslow police on 101, quoting crime number 0514642-15

I won’t let it stop me film making, although I obviously can’t film at the moment without my kit. Thank you so much for all the press coverage, the FaceBook shares and all the emails of encouragement.

Making the My Little Sister DVDSReady for selling at the festival were the first My Little Sister DVDs. So exciting to make them ourselves and see them finished. We have a small quantity available at the moment of these handmade hand signed first edition DVDs as they are very time consuming to make! So we will make them in batches. I am completely self-funded so by buying these films you are supporting me to make more!

The films are still available on Vimeo On Demand here & here

but if you would like to hold a real DVD in your hand then please send us your address via the contact page telling us which films you would like. The first 7 films cost £14.99 and Episode 8 costs £12.99

Oh and one last thing…Have you noticed how fast my website now is? Bigup to nakedwebdesign. I’ll be updating all the pages over the coming months so watch this space.

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International Youth Arts Festival 2015

‘My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)’ screenings in London! Come and join us!

About the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) where Episode 8 of My Little Sister…will be premiered (twice!)

Launched in 2008, The International Youth Arts Festival is a fast growing festival which brings Kingston alive each year as selected young people from the ages of 5 to 26 showcase the very best in youth arts, selected from the UK and Internationally. This year’s festival will be running for almost 3 weeks from the 3rd-19th of July.

Tuesday 7th July 7.30pm – Raise the Roof Gala night ‪#‎creativeheroes‬ Trailer for My Little Sister…will be screened as part of the royal variety night for young people Rose Theatre, Kingston:

Sunday 12th July – The Birdies Film Festival Live 4-8pm My Little Sister…will be screened at 6pm FREE open air projection at
Riverside Yard at Riverside, Riverside Walk, KT1 1QN More details and to join the event here:

Thursday July 16th from 1:30-3:30pm ‘My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) will be screened at 1.30pm followed by Biography#4 – Film where Agi K will be one of the three panelists talking about film alongside director Mo Ali (Shank & Montana) and actor Jassa Ahluwalia (Some Girls, Ripper Street.) Inside the Rose Theatre at the Swallow Cafe

And you can see us in the IYAF online programme here:

Loads of other brilliant stuff going on over the 17 days of festivities, workshops, carnival, street performances, poetry, Xtreme sports, rapping, beatboxing, theatre, dance, puppetry, music, film, website

Buy your tickets from or call 020 8174 0090 or in person at the office.

“The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) is one of the largest and most diverse youth events in the world. Each year, over 19,000 young people are involved, nearly 5,000 artists are performing in 350 events over 18 venues.”

Check this video out of the festival below!

There are so many different people involved doing different things, every day of the 17 days is jam packed with exciting events! The festival runs from the 3rd-17th of July. It’s so awesome that there are so many creative, inspiring people at the festival, I am really looking forward to attending lots of performances, participating in events and meeting new people.

Looking through the programme there are some great acts I’m especially excited to see including the KGames extreme sports competition in Kingston skate park, the IYAF carnival, the Next Level,Dance School Blue Flamenco,The Movement ft. Boy Blue entertainment, and much much more! Check out the programme here.

I’m also looking forward to attending with my little sister, the Raise The Roof Gala Night on Tuesday 7th of July presented by MTV Base’s Ashley J and Break London’s Dobbs where the ‘My Little Sister… episode 8’ Trailer will be screened, and if you want to join us you can buy tickets for the gala night here here.

I am going to be keeping you updated by vlogging throughout the festival; it’s events out on the streets, in the venues, my film screenings and all of the exciting things happening on my YouTube channel! Last week was the first of the many events where we attended the festival’s launch party, check out my first vlog of the festival below.

Magdalena and me would really love you to come and be there with us for the excitement of the premiere screening of the My Little Sister films it’s FREE and suitable for all ages and me and my little sister will be there in the audience! Contact me through my contact page to get on our mailout newsletter or check back here and on my facebook page for dates and times of the screenings as soon as they are announced.

If you can’t make the screenings, then don’t worry as the films are available to rent at £3.89 or buy to download on vimeo at £7.78 , and are also about to be released on DVD! To pre order a DVD, send me a message with your email address via the contact page.

There are 2 DVDS available to pre-order:
My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) The first 7 Films which costs £14.99
My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) Episode 8 which costs £12.99
We post out free within the UK and plus the cost of postage overseas.

This Event below will be held later in the year
The Big Picture Film Night
at Riverside Arts Centre-Walton-On-Thames
£5 (students free )- an evening of film shorts by young directors, with discussion.
Agi K agnieszkaproductions presents: ‘My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s Syndrome)’ suitable for all ages.
‘A love story for our time, valuing life and nature in all its diversity. Daily life in the remote welsh hills takes on magical qualities in this heart warming, upbeat documentary about the joyful relationshop between two unschooled sisters. A Captivating, mind-opening gem from NYFF award winner Agi K.’
Luis Hindman Pictures presents: ‘Chamber’ (age 12+)
Chamber is a six minute dramatic film short that focuses on the aftermath of a murder that involves two close friends. The film was written, directed and shot by Luis Hindman (15) and stars two young actors, Nick Sanger and Ciaran Joyce.
Benjamin Daniels directs: ‘The Wonderous World of Work’ – an eight minute student comedy film.
Book here:

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My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) Episode 8

I’m excited to tell you that This year’s My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) film is now ready for you to rent or buy for download online.

This year’s film is 45 minutes long and is made from footage of our lives in 2013 taken when Magdalena was 7 and I was 10.

CLICK HERE to watch My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)Episode 8



I’ve put the first seven episodes from 2010-2013 together as a set to rent or buy on Vimeo On Demand too.

Here’s the first seven episodes!

CLICK HERE to watch My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) The first 7 episodes


AND lots of teachers, group leaders, organisations, charities ask me about using the films. You can contact me through this website to purchase a public screening license for groups, educational purposes, schools, trainings, or for any other gathering where you would like to show the films.

You can book us to come and talk about the films when you screen them too.

The Music & Thank Yous

Huge THANK YOUS to the musicians that have made this latest film brilliant. Firstly the brilliant tracks you hear scattered throughout are by Inkpot who I met at Foolhardy circus camp last year, where they were playing live for the show.

And thank you to Kate Rusby, the folk singer from Barnsley and her band. We love her music and if you get the chance to hear her live, just go. Magdalena and I have been singing and dancing to her songs since we were little, especially Awkward Annie…and we’ve even bought her songbooks so we can (try) and learn the chords and sing along. So let me explain the story. Now I know more about copyright, I try hard to not have commercial music playing in the background when I’m filming as it is impossible to separate it from speech and often have to delete scenes I want to use because of copyright issues and the cost of obtaining the rights. When you are shooting fly-on-the-wall documentaries that’s pretty hard to make sure there’s no copyrighted music on. Anyway, this was the case with the scene with Magdalena watering her seeds and watching them grow, which is a series of clips shot at different times, one of these clips has Kate Rusby singing in the background. I wrote to her record company explaining everything and the very next day Joy from Pure records wrote back saying that Kate was happy for me to use her music and said what fabulous filming it was and wished me great success. Now isn’t that kind, and supportive and just lovely, really really lovely.

The talented Abi Foster is a fabulous singer who comes from near here too, she is only five years older than me and I love her voice, she writes all her own songs and she asked me to make music videos for her. Well, her upbeat song ‘Happy Ever After’ is what you hear at the end credits. She has a beautiful voice. Go check her out and buy her CD ‘Scarlet Rain’


I also I want to mention the late Judith Scott , whose meditative art we love, for inspiring us in our making of our wrap around the tree stumps woodland art in the film.

Also thank you to my lovely patient piano teacher, Judith Brennan where my little sister has always sat listening to me since she was a baby.

Thank you to my big sister Isabella for doing the incidental music and being a great big sister to me and Magdalena-yes I am the middle sister!

Thanks to my Dad for helping with every technical problem imaginable and to Mum for managing everything and making me complete projects.

And most of all, thank you to all of you for supporting me through contacting me, writing comments, spreading the word, buying the films and donating to agnieszkaproductions filmfund,  Thank you!

I was interviewed with my mum for a feature in a magazine a few weeks ago and by complete coincidence the issue is published today, on the 21st October!  It’s in Reveal magazine. You can see the article online here. They sent a great photographer round to get the photos they wanted, check out her website. Nicolette Wells

In case you’re new to watching the series, here is a little introduction for you, an article that I wrote last year when I was asked how it all began.

The Start of the My Little Sister…films

And here’s the blog about winning the National Youth Film Festival Award

I love to get your comments so please leave a message below or contact me through the contact page…


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We’ve been outside all summer. With camping, friends, circus, tumbling, playing with our pet lamb, walking, trips, outside fires, parties, swimming, reading, meeting up with you tubers and of course, filming!
Magdalena and I love being outside, and at the beginning of summer we went camping on a week long circus camp! It was run by Foolhardy Circus, and Panic circus. I learnt lots of new tumbling skills, and Magdalena perfected her Magic Bird trick.
We made lots of new friends, and had tons of fun going to the discos,  talent shows & parties each night!
We both had learned lots of new skills by the end, and incorporated them into the big finale show at the end of the camp.

I was very proud of Magdalena because she was very brave, and did her own solo act at the end show! She did devil sticks, & the magic bird, and I have to say that she was wicked on the devil sticks 😉

I’m sure you’ll see lots of what we did and about the camping experience in next year’s ‘My Little Sister…’ film as I’ve been filming it all!

You’ll have to wait for the videos of me and Magdalena from Circus Camp, but for now, here’s a video of me tumbling all over the place this summer!

Talking of My Little Sister, I am pleased to announce I have just started editing this year’s episode of ‘My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)’ after sorting all the footage from 2013. It’s going to be released on the 21st October! Keep up to date with it on my Facebook event page.

So to leave you on a happy summertime note, here is one of my recent music videos!

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Film The House nomination!

I’ve just heard that ‘My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)’ has been selected by my local MP as his choice for Film The House film competition 2014! This means that it will now be judged by industry experts along with the other selected films in their different categories from all over the UK. My category is the under 19s. Also, there is a people’s choice winner.

So, if you love the ‘My Little Sister…’ films and want to see them screened in the House of Commons and a cinema screening in July, then please vote for me here!

how to vote

Click on this link and click on the heart that’s inside a box in the corner saying ‘Agi K has entered Film The House 2014…’ etc.                                 <- that’s what the box should look like. Thank you!


This month I was interviewed for Top Of The Pops magazine, about me and Magdalena, the My Little Sister films, my YouTube channel and lots more! The feature will be coming out in the June issue, which will be out very soon!

Do you think technology is destroying childhood? Well I was asked to speak at a live video conference via Skype at Brighton University about this last week! They were having a debate about social media, it’s bad and good effects upon people’s lives. And how a lot of kids spend a lot of time on social media but don’t get outside enough, where as for me, it was an interesting debate because I use social media a lot but also spend most of my time outside! I spend a lot of time outside because I love walking, and make most of my (in fact nearly all) of my films outside. What are your thoughts on social media?

Sun’s out and looks like summer is finally on it’s way,
here is one of my latest music videos!

Me and Magdalena have been looking at last year’s footage and I’m getting ready to make this year’s ‘My Little Sister…’ film, looking back I can’t believe how much we’ve grown and changed! Ooh and we have a new arrival to the family – Harry Houdini the lamb! Here’s me and Magdalena with him, he’s very tame and follows us everywhere. You’ll be sure to see him starring in 90% of the shots in next year’s ‘My Little Sister…’ film 😉

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I was recently asked to make two official music videos for the soulful singer and songwriter 16 year old Abi Foster! She contacted me after reading my blog post where I mentioned that if anyone wanted me to make music videos to their songs, then to get in contact with me. Not only is she a great singer, but I found out she only lived 20 minutes away from me!

She has recently released her first album Scarlet Rain, which has 12 original songs on it.  Abi and I are both starting out and thought it would be great to help each other by me making a couple of music videos for her and in return she gave me the rights to use her music in my films. Getting copyright permissions for background music and audio for films can be the most difficult part of making a film. I am lucky that my eldest sister is a musician and I play cello, but to have haunting songs like Agi writes and sings will be a great addition to my filmmakers toolkit. So listen out in the next ‘My Little Sister…’ which I’ve just started editing, as you might just hear Abi singing in it.

So we had a lot of fun, Abi gave me free range on the  interpretation and concept design of the songs and their covers. And she was very patient as I directed her in all the different locations and reshot scenes over and over! We also had some fun breaks from filming singing songs we knew together (in the bathroom mainly-best acoustics!)

The tracks I made music videos for are Edge Of The Earth and Sit On Your Own. Both the songs are very different to each other, and you will see how I’ve brought this out.

I filmed Edge Of The Earth in the fields around my house and filmed it over the course of a few days with an extra shoot a few weeks later. It took  a lot of editing, especially as the lighting was dull. I edited lots of effects and flashes into it to give it impact. It was so fun editing on the night sky just after the chorus, as I had to find some night sky star footage, then green screen it into the sky (which was hard considering the sky was blue not green) then had to apply lots of contrast and effects to make it look more realistic.

I filmed Sit On Your Own in town back in February. It was freezing cold and we only had a few hours to film it! It was fun exploring and finding cool doorways and alleys to film it. I was trying to make the camera angles as interesting as possible, and as the song was about the homeless, I showed the passing of time by starting filming in the early afternoon and then filming as it got dark and turned into night, to show that Abi wasn’t just someone who had come out of her house and was busking but perhaps someone who lived on the street, I did this to bring out the meaning of the song more.

SO, click below to see the official music videos to the awesome Abi Foster singing

Edge of The Earth and  Sit On Your Own



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Inside The Reveal-a film by Agi K agnieszkaproductions

So, I’m really excited to tell you that I’ve just finished editing my first major film of the year ‘Inside The Reveal’ A film about Heart & Sold’s latest exhibition, ‘The Reveal’ held during World Down’s syndrome week. The experience was very exciting, thrilling and tiring all at the same time! Also, I  have a NEW Agi K productions facebook page so please hop over and like and share. (This will replace my old one)

So, here is the film

Inside The Reveal

….now to tell you all about the filming!

What’s the film about? It’s about Art! Specifically it is about an amazing exhibition on London’s Southbank that took place a couple of weeks ago. So, something I love and with my mum being an artist and art teacher I’ve had a lot of in my life and Magdalena and I and our big sister spend a lot of our time hanging out at galleries. But it gets better, Heart & Sold is a great organisation which promotes artists with Down’s syndrome from all over the world. It was founded in 2012 by Suzie Moffat who is mum to 3 children, one of which has Down’s syndrome. It’s a great organisation as it’s all about the art…not the Down’s syndrome.

The making of ‘Inside The Reveal’

So, this was my first big film project this year. I LOVED making this documentary it was SO brilliant an event with wonderful people and felt fresh and new. I was so happy to have been asked to make this film. And, it was a new kind of documentary filming for me as I was commissioned  to make two films documenting a live event. No chance to go back and re-shoot! One an under 5 min. promotional short that needed to be filmed on the Monday and edited on the road with minimal equipment ready to be broadcast live as part of the 321econference the following Sunday. The other a longer short that I had freedom to make how I wanted with certain elements specified. It taught me a lot about working for someone else, about collaborating and communicating, suggesting and checking out ideas as I am used to working mostly on my own a lot. How to grow a film with ideas changing as I went along from what happened and also making sure I included everything Heart & Sold might want. Like bringing the brand into the film and all the thank yous and sponsors credited. I also realised the limitations of my basic cameras and no audio equipment (which I’ve tried to fix with days and days of audio adjustment and effects and editing and funky subtitles in places back home) I’ve also increased my technical skills, using photoshop to bring Heart & Sold’s brand designs and Paul Moffat’s photographs of the artists into the film.

It took a LOT of planning beforehand. Sorting out permission to film notices,  thinking about what Heart & Sold might want and asking questions. I got out my pen and storyboarded all the shots I needed to get, I had to think about memory capacity on my cameras and took notes researching all the artists that I wanted to interview beforehand. And I had to adapt and change ideas and plans as I went along.Next time I film something like this I would book time slots so I could get really good interviews, (as well as proper audio and lighting equipment)I would have liked to have interviewed the artists and families in their own homes too, so we could take more time to talk.

Behind The Scenes We arrived at 11am on the Monday, and as soon as I stepped in the car it was all cameras out filming everything and anything, that could be used in the film(s) I was making of The Reveal. I was carrying cameras and tripods on record in both hands as we walked down the street. We had to arrive early so we could film everyone setting up and hanging the paintings, it was flat out filming without breaks capturing everything and making constant decisions of where to stand to get the best angle and shot. Audio was also a great difficulty as I didn’t have a mic, so afterwards editing was a real pain of sound equalisation, enhancing and adjusting…Especially as we were filming on three different cameras which all have completely different sound and picture qualities.

I had invited artist and art commentator Gemma Ireland to share her thoughts with us on camera about the exhibition early afternoon. I love Gemma’s art and am always inspired by her knowledge and enthusiasm when she talks about art. I love her sense of humour and I just have a great time in art galleries with her, she took me to see Rothko’s work last time I was in London and her apartment is full of colour changing lights that Magdalena and I love to play with as she explains about light colour mixing to us. I knew she would be the perfect person to talk about the art for the kind of film I wanted to make.

I filmed solid till 3pm where we quickly escaped to grab some lunch/dinner then were back at 4pm to start filming as people arrived. I was also excited because a few artists were coming before hand so I could interview them for the short film. I had lots of fun meeting the artists, and it was really interesting interviewing them! They all had fantastically unique artwork and every artist was different from the next.

One of the first artists to arrive was Josephine Goddard. Josie told me she was a ‘story painter’ and had an amazing painting of all the Harry Potter films combined, she had separated the different films by background colour, and had collaged, stuck on and painted the characters on. It had to be one of my favourite paintings in the exhibition, especially as I am a huge fan of Harry Potter myself! (; What struck me most about Josie’s work was how different they looked from on the computer screen. This is because the colours are unbelievably vibrant and there is SO much sparkle in them. Seeing art for real is SO different from on a screen or in a book, the textures, the brightness, the size.

Lester Magoogan was also one of the first artists to arrive, I loved his drawings, and had seen a lot of his work before on the computer as he has a great website. He has a great unique and humorous style of line drawings. He was as great as his art to interview! I had so much fun as he talked with so much expression and loved describing his art and how he gets his ideas and wants to draw the emotions, feelings and characters. There was a special surprise as it was actually Lester’s BIRTHDAY at the private view, you can see the wonderful cake and Lester getting a slice in the film! It really helped me having him come early so I could chat for longer and before the private view began. I’m really glad I asked Suzie to ask if any of the artists could do this. And as you can see Lester and Josie feature a lot in the film as I managed to get great interviews with them because of this.

Because the exhibition was still frantically being set up in a hurry ready for the Private View which was now only an hour away, you can probably hear an awful lot of banging and loud noises and nervous chatting in the background…hence why I had to get close up shots of the artists – just for the sake of the audio! Sometimes things like this can bring out results that are more fun and it made me get playing around with the editing more and how I could make the subtitles like the art of the artists. I love editing and effects.

The artists had come from all to be at the exhibition. Rachel Handlin came all the way from Hawaii! Rachel takes beautiful photographs, one of my favourite photos of her’s exhibited at The Reveal was ‘Paintstorm’ which was a colourful photo of lots of muted multi coloured paint splattered everywhere. It has a feel of Rothko about it.

David Kenward also exhibted  beautiful photography. Specialising in close up photos, and one of my favourites was a macro shot of a flower.

I loved meeting Christopher Lodge, and talking about how he had created his Owl painting, which I loved, especially the blown up version of it. Unfortunately I couldn’t use the audio in the film as the live band was playing.

I wasn’t able to interview Katie Rickersey with her vibrant paintings, John P Kelting with his artistic portraits, as he was in America.. or Teniola Olojo in Nigeria with his dancing lines…but hope to in the future as they all have very interesting work. Savraj who represented Teniola (and Akinola, his brother) allowed me to interview her though which was great.

I kept going back at Richard Cloake’s ‘Swords’ painting, at first I loved the simple yet so expressive lines. And then I saw the sad expressions on the characters, and got a completely different message to what I first had seen, I’ve never seen sword fighters with such sad faces before, and this gave out a whole new meaning which I loved.

I loved Fiona Stevenson’s colours and energetic brush strokes, her work had so much depth, you could look into it and into it and see it differently each time. They looked great in prints too. I would have liked to have had longer to speak to Fiona, and also Tazia Fawley you can read Tazia’s blog here but time was limited and the music was very loud! Tazia’s paintings were full of colour and abstracted landscapes, which I found joyful to look at.

The best part of making this film was BEING there! It was so exciting and interesting to meet everyone at such a happy event. It was full of celebration and smiles. I made lots of new friends and so did Magdalena. Here’s a lovely photo of her with Rachel Handlin, the artist from Hawaii.  Magdalena really loved looking at all the art and I had to put her talking about the shapes and textures and colours in Josie’s paintings.  So after an exciting week in London, filming and editing and seeing friends (I met up with my friend Sam and made a music video with him during the week as well You can see it here!) and playing in the parks (the blossom had just come out!) with Magdalena and finishing the 5 ready for Heart & Sold’s 321econference  presentation on the Sunday, I came home to edit the main film. Which I finished TODAY! This has turned out to be 17 minutes long. I wanted to include a lot to make it come alive so people seeing the film could feel, think and see what I was feeling, thinking and seeing from being there for real.

Some of these things that struck me that I aimed to bring out in the film were:

The happy celebration, the friendliness, the happiness, the strength and determination and voices of the artists, the love and support of their families, the excitement, the characters of the paintings, the colours and shapes and lines, the incredible quality of presentation and hard work from Heart & Sold and all the little details that made it really special, like the artist’s postcards, badges with the picturehook, brochures, from the hanging of the exhibition, to the powerful photographic portraits of the artists by Paul Moffat to the live music and organisation of Brad Snelling and the clever brand design byHeart & Sold badges Matt Maurer I wanted to show what it meant for the artists to have their work exhibited in London and to have it sold. I really hope my film captures what a brilliant organisation this is and helps Heart & Sold  to get sponsorship to continue with the next tour and grow and grow. Maybe one day when my little sister, Magdalena has grown up she will be exhibiting her artwork with Heart & Sold,  if she carries on drawing and painting everyday like she does now.

Don’t forget to go to Heart & Sold’s website as you can buy the artists original work and also prints! Buy Art

And if you missed the link to watch my film, just click here: ‘Inside The Reveal’

On my next blog you’ll hear how I’ve been working with a singer to create her official music videos for two of her songs…

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Happy World Down’s Syndrome Day!

Happy World Down’s Syndrome Day everyone!  To celebrate, me and My Little Sister Magdalena made a music video to ‘Friends’ by Jasmine Thompson She is an amazing singer and she has a beautiful voice, and she is only 13! I am completely in love with her songs. See our take on ‘Friends’ here:

If you have Down’s syndrome, then you have 3 copies of your 21st chromosome. So Magdalena has 3 copies of her 21st chromosome and I have 2 copies of my 21st chromosome. World Down’s Syndrome Day is on the 21st of the 3rd month to mark the extra chromosome and Down’s syndrome is also called Trisomy 21. Look at this  colourful photo from Noah’s Dad showing the chromosomes. Isn’t it beautiful, it looks a bit like ‘lots of socks’.

But that’s just a little bit of science and people wonder what is that like in life, what does it mean? Like everything in life it is different for everyone. In the films that I make about me and Magdalena’s life, you can see what it means to us. You can watch them all in order here: My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)

And you can also read more about Down’s syndrome in the article I wrote for            Jump! Magazine in 2013
Lots of Socks for World Down’s syndrome day

Our Mum was interviewed about the films I make about My Little Sister, Magdalena in Womans Own for World Down's syndrome Day.

We were also featured in ‘Womans Own’ with Hollie and Rosie and their families for a really happy article about Down’s syndrome. It’s in the 17th March magazine issue.

This year’s ‘My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)’ film will be out later this year-as will our first ‘My Little Sister’ book from the films.


Happy Mother's Day to my lovely mum who is a big support to me! She has always encouraged me with my filmmaking and everything I love to do :)

It’s mother’s day next Sunday!

So here’s a photo of me and Magdalena with our lovely Mum who home educates us. Thank you for my lovely mummy because without her I probably wouldn’t be here making videos today. She has always encouraged me with filmmaking and everything I love and she’s been a big influence and support. I love you mum. Wishing everybody who is a mum or like a mum to somebody, a Happy Mother’s Day!


Next blog I will tell you all about my filming at ‘The Reveal’ and our trip to London.



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