I was shocked, moved and angered when I first discovered the plight of the Yezidi women in Iraq.
I was so moved by their story I asked Khalsa Aid if there was anything I could do as a filmmaker. This short film is the result, taking you into the photographic exhibition at Notting Hill’s Lacey Contemporary Gallery (Mar '17) to see the work and meet the people trying to change things.
Targeted by ISIS since 2014, these women have undergone horrific ordeals; captured, sexually enslaved and enduring extreme violence on a daily basis, these women have been largely forgotten by the West.
Khalsa Aid, Hothi & Othi and the photographer Benjamin Eagle are reminding us of the faces behind the stories, forcing us to look into their eyes and see their resolve and defiance.
I can capture your event and tell its story from beginning to end in a concise, imaginative way. In 2016 I was given the job of taking a city-wide symposium and fitting its scale, its people and its essence into a short film.
The city of Manchester has been immortalised in many works of art over the years but never quite so many, and in such a short space of time, as when the Urban Sketchers came to Manchester in July 2016.
The Urban Sketchers are exactly as their name describes; a group of people from around the world who share a passion for drawing - anywhere, anytime, anyplace.
The film you see here is the result, that captures the international and local sketchers as they immortalised this wonderful city in all her red brick glory.
Urban Sketchers Symposium
A film I tweeted during the five day symposium
During the filming, I was struck by a comment about the three colours that made up Manchester. This inspired me to create a tweet discussing this during the symposium.
Another Mid-week Tweet
I enjoyed filming this so much that I couldn't wait to start editing it hence, the mid filming tweet output.
Jonathan Ruffle is the creator, writer and producer of the groundbreaking drama for Radio 4, TOMMIES. In August 2014, I began producing films to promote his work. Given the nature of this drama's run I will continue to produce work until 2018.
The Radio 4 drama, "Tommies", began in 2014. It follows the conflict of World War One from its opening shots to the final silence. In real time. Events of 1914 - 18 are recreated on their anniversaries in 2014- 18. You hear the war as it happened. Day by day.
With a subject of this magnitude, it quickly became clear there were more possibilities available than solely to make a profile film about Jonathan's work. With so much content, there was also scope to create other films that Jonathan could use for Twitter purposes. This Twitter feed would serve to highlight subject matter detailed within the various up and coming episodes.
Film one, JONATHAN TALKS TOMMIES, is a profile film to demonstrate his processes and motivations in producing the most accurate WW1 drama ever attempted.
The three further films are examples of short pieces I have created for Jonathan to promote episodes pre-broadcast.
Jonathan Ruffle Talks Tommies
Somme Nov '16
DIY Theatre Company, Salford.
I have produced work for this company of actors with learning disabilities since 2011. They are a professional company who both tour their own shows and develop Arts Award projects with children and young people.
Here, their artistic director, Sue Caudle, explains my work with them -
''Hilary has worked with DIY Theatre Company on a whole range of projects over several years. She has made films about the company's productions and education projects, collaborated with company members to develop their film skills and worked with young people with learning disabilities to explore their creativity.
The films Hilary has produced about the company's work are of the highest quality. Her professional approach and originality combine with a unique capacity to tell a story through film . She unites this exceptional story-telling with strong skills in facilitation and mentoring; nurturing and encouraging the creativity and technical skills of others.
It is always exciting to work with Hilary and we always value her unique and generous contribution to the company.''
DIY's Elevate Launch
DIY'S Elevate Launch
Delamere School Tweet
Following The Thread
I love working with all different types of artists. In the past my films have explored the processes and aims of dancers, painters and muscians. I usually capture them in their studio or rehearsal space which never fails to thrill me.
Art galleries have employed me to create digital content for their exhibitions. Now, artists themselves employ me to produce films for their websites in order to convey what they do.
However, the film featured is an exception as it was an art work within an exhibition. I produced this film to help promote its artist Gemma Parker's contribution to an exhibition at HOME in Manchester.
The Tattooed Lady: Tales of Love and Regret is inspired by heart break, break ups and the dark side of the fun fair.
Gemma Parker designed and painted this work of art which dispenses contemporary tattoos based on modern tales of love gone wrong.
I've filmed Gemma Parker a few years ago for The Lowry so I'm a fan of her wonderful work. When I saw it I was struck by the meloncholy of this enchanting machine and the humour of the tattoos and the stories they told. I edited it to a song that I sang called Drop The Curtain, which seemed to suit the slightly still, somewhat sad, melancholy "character" of the machine.
The Tattooed Lady
My ability to capture the essence of an individual or project and turn it into a memorable visual experience lead to me sharing an exhibition at The Lowry, Salford in 2013 with photographer, Katherine Green.
I was extremely fortunate to be asked to find six audience members that I felt personified The Lowry Theatre. I canvassed for the contributors myself by attending many of their varied shows and approaching them as they left.
The final films I hope represented both the range of audience and the diverse theatre and dance program available to those who attend The Lowry.