In Ribbons: Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time, in an era of spirographs and sheena dolls, when ‘Hey Jude’ was the hit song of the day, there lived a very little girl.

A creature of quietude and intensity, she looked to the grown-ups and found that they didn’t make any sense to her, with their secrets, their muffled conversations and their lengthy silences.

Not that she was a big talker herself, but she listened, a lot…

She liked to be in her room. Alone. This was her imagination place, where her doe-eyed teddy bears and smooth-skinned dolls listened patiently to her made-up stories, and starred centre-stage in her made-up games.

And then, one day, everything changed…

In Ribbons is a journey. A dark fairytale, a cautionary fable and a glimpse of social history that captures the zeitgeist of a time probably best left to history…

We are now into the second phase of our fundraising campaign to make this short film, written by yours truly and to be directed by the very talented Marie-Valerie Jeantelot. So far, we have raised $1090, which amounts to €817. Less Indiegogo charges of 9%,  the final amount raised during this first phase was €743. With a dedicated cast and crew willing to give their time and unique talents, we are eternally grateful to our supporters / donors who have already dug deep and helped us out with their contributions. Because of their generosity, already,  Marie-Valerie and her crew have been able to use some of this money to carry out a test shoot which resulted in the following new trailer:

We are now openly seeking donations again, no amount too small or too large, to make up the remainder of the €3,500 that we need to complete In Ribbons. The money will be used to pay cast and crew, and to cover insurance and hire of equipment, transport, catering, sets, costume and location fees. Please check out our website here:

If you have already given us some of your hard-earned cash, once again, we thank you. You are now fully-fledged members of the In Ribbons tribe…if you’d like to donate, we thank you in advance, and please do check out the goodies that could be winging your way, should you decide to help us out…

Featured Image is the copyright of Marie-Valerie Jeantelot. 2013

Journey of a Storyteller 5: In Ribbons and Prose…

It has been a while since I posted an update on my film-making journey and the learning process I am currently undergoing.

First off, the short film of my script, ADAM is now in post, though for unforseen circumstances, there has been a bit of a delay in moving it forward. It’s still happening…but is just going to take a little longer than we initially planned for. The good news is that cutting my teeth on this production of ADAM has cemented my Gra (for my international friends, that is the Irish word for love!) for making films, and in particular for getting involved in the development side of my own writings from script to screen.

From a producer’s point of view, I now know what I am capable of; what is doable, and how to do it, so I have to thank my co-producer and the director of ADAM, Denise Pattison, for firstly, putting her own money into developing my work, and secondly, for letting me anywhere near a film set!! My family, and especially, my better half, Errol, whom deserve olympian-sized medals of praise for their unconditional support of my initial ‘toe in the water…if I don’t sink, I’ll friggin float’ approach! And to the amazing cast and crew who liked my little script enough to want to be a part of the making of our film.

And moving forward, I am delighted to announce that another short script of mine, In Ribbons, is going into production in October of this year. A script that touches on the themes of identity and disconnection, I describe it as much like a ‘soul friend’, In Ribbons is a ‘soul’ story, and my biggest wish for it is this; that, without falling into the cliché of sentimentality and woe, it will resonate with the fighter…the warrior survivor…that is inside all of us.

I have a feeling, that with the gifted foresight and sensitivity of director, Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, In Ribbons will look and BE amazing, and I can’t wait to work with her, as co-producer, and later, as audience member, sitting in the back row, and seeing this finished and no doubt, most beautiful piece of film.

We have gathered the most stunning examples of Irish film-making talent around for this short film, all agreeing to climb aboard from the word go, and in order to pay this wonderful cast and crew, we have launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo:

We also have a Facebook Page:

Here you can meet the cast and crew and keep updated on our progress. If you’re not on Facebook, we will be keeping all our supporters informed of our progress through the Indiegogo page. Please check it out and if you can help me, and indeed, all of us, along this journey, I will be forever grateful.

Stay tuned for updates!