Why We Chose This Film
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About the Filmmaker
Dial-A-Ride directors George Cowie and Tom Huntingford have been making films together for eight years under the banner of their London-based production company Superfolk Films – a mix of digital content, independent documentaries, and co-productions. As a creative partnership, George and Tom have a track record of dealing with sensitive issues and contributors, access-driven stories and investigative documentaries, producing entertaining, thought-provoking, human-focussed films around the world. G&T recently released their 30-minute documentary Someone Else’s War with The Guardian online. It tells the story of the young Brits who battled ISIS on the frontlines, and their dads’ journeys to Syria to find out what they died for. A very different subject matter to Dial-A-Ride! For more of their films and contact information visit www.superfolkfilms.com
Dive Even Deeper
Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…
Capture the stories of an older loved one or community member
- Following the advice of the driver in the film—that some of the [older people] have such a terrific memory that ‘they should be made to write their stories down because these stories are going to disappear’—reach out to an older person you know to ask them if you could interview them about their life and experiences.
- Once you’ve received permission for an interview and have set a date, draft 5-10 open-ended questions to elicit storytelling about their life. You can use questions that were used in the film, such as: “What do you think the secret is to growing old gracefully and happily?” Or more specific questions based on what you know about their personal story. Consider sharing the questions in advance so they can think of stories to share and feel more comfortable during the interview. Use a voice recording app on your phone or capture the whole interview by video.
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