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Karen and her parents, Largs 2012

Docs in Progress with the new film

Just back from our alma mater Edinburgh College of Art, where we were invited to participate in Docs in Progress, a brilliant 'test' screening of one's rough cut film. We took a 20 min sequence from (working title) My Other Brother

The event is run by the Scottish Documentary Institute who have supported the project from the outset - thanks to everyone who attended and gave us invaluable feedback.


Slightly missing Jaywick

Re-watching Jaywick Escapes last week to check the sub-titles for the soon-to-be-released DVD (honest!) I found myself rather missing it ... The admin of sorting out the production has been made very worth while by the lovely quotes we've been sent about the film ...

This from Bob Stanley
"Piquant but unsentimental, an unforgettable snapshot of a forgotten town"

and from Michael Smith
"Jaywick embodies a certain kind of hand-made, rough’n’tumble yearning for utopia, in the last place you might expect to find it - the frayed edges of the Essex coast, a place government statistics tell us is the most deprived in the country, and the Daily Mail would have us believe exemplifies Broken Britain... this film is a fresh and tender look at the town, and at the lost people who are drawn to this strange and sometimes magical place at the ends of England..."

Docs in Progress - scary in a good way

Tomorrow, Wed. 19th June, we take part in the Scottish Documentary Institute's Docs in Progress programme, screening a 20 minute roughcut segment of Karen's family film, current working title My Other Brother, to a great panel of documentarians and a peer audience for feedback.

And it takes place in our old art school Edinburgh College of Art so it'll be nice to smell oilpaint and turps again....

Jaywick Escapes production still

Jaywick Escapes - DVD / Download release

Soon after our next London screening (Open City Docs Fest, Thurs. June 20th, 12.30, Bloomsbury Theatre), Jaywick Escapes (our third film) will be available on DVD and to Download / Stream.

Remember if you want to be first to hear about how you can get hold of the DVD / DoD then join our Mailing List and come along and Like the film on Facebook too here.

Abbey Gardens Vintage Summer Party this weekend

Saturday 8 June 2pm-5pm: a free event for all ages

Join us for some vintage Summer fun:

Hear about our history
Join a history walk around the neighbourhood
Enter our Victoria Sponge competition
‘Where did you get that hat?’ workshop for children
Story corner with our older gardeners
Collecting our garden’s history – gathering stories
of when gardeners and friends first discovered the garden
Have your portrait drawn as a character from our local history
Enjoy a lunch of traditional dishes from our communities
Live folk music from Theo Bard
Plant history tour with garden club leader Hamish
Goodies on the honesty stall
Visit our tea stall for tea, coffee and home made cake

All activities are free. Tea, cake, lunch and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden. Cake competition entries are to be prepared in advance and brought to the garden on the day.

We are also welcoming visitors as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend 10am-5pm
and we are part of the 2013 Chelsea Fringe: Plant history tour starts 2.15pm