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Selected Film:

Dial-a-Ride

Selected Film:

Dial-a-Ride

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

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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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30 Comments

  1. Lauralee Leonard

    fantastic! the man talking to his wife via the medium is breathtaking. thank you so very much for this film. it’s an inspiration for sure.

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    • Michelle Sawyer Carroll

      agreed. It brought tears to his eyes and mind

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    • Judy Mcloughlin

      I loved this movie and have watched it now at least 5 times…it is well done about a topic of inter generational caring..bus driver to senior bus rider to life situations and great attitude of everyone…

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    • Anonymous

      inspirational that the younger woman felt safe and comfort among others to be able to get out of her house and move forward.

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  2. Charmaigne Steele

    The Narrative is Vital and Appreciated here, By Me. So much Love I felt in my chest/Heart while I watched your work{video} It made My Day. Thank You. Love, And In Christ, Charmaigne

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  3. Linda Jones

    It felt like a real sense of community. You felt the love and the connection.

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  4. Anonymous

    I enjoyed this film. It was up lifting. How a ride could change a life. Nice!

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  5. Anonymous

    I know how isolating it can for my mom since she can no longer drive. What a great service.

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  6. Jo Robinson

    What a wonderful film and well deserved award winner.

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  7. Anonymous

    So sad, yet so,uplifting. The Dial-A-Ride driver provides those folks so much comfort, companionship, and respect.

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  8. Anonymous

    wish they had something like this in our town and a driver who cares

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  9. Anonymous

    Those riders and driver really form a connection with each other. You can feel the way they care and how important it is for everybody to be heard, people love telling stories about their lives.

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  10. Anonymous

    All I want to do is move to the UK and be a driver. The stories, the connections, the purpose.

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  11. Candace Coonrod

    Fabulous film. The connection between the passengers and the driver are precious

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  12. Anonymous

    This is just fabulous! I love it!

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  13. Denise

    This is wonderful. Giving so much to these people by giving them a ride and each other.

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  14. Anonymous

    made me smile the positivity amongst the people who had significant health issues, losses in their lives.

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  15. Anonymous

    It made me realize just how much something as simple as offering a person a ride somewhere can be their only interaction with others.

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  16. Anonymous

    It made me fell lucky that I am still able to get around, but I need to take advantage to the things I have now

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  17. Melissa Glorioso

    The driver benefits greatly by offering this service – I love how he appreciates and values each rider.

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  18. Anonymous

    A very inspiring film! So much to learn from those with many years.

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  19. BobAuvergne

    Transportation is a real struggle regardless of where you live, but here in rural Maine finding a ride is a real challenge. This kind of a service would be a real life-saver for many

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  20. Anonymous

    This is a beautiful film. It makes you think about aging.

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  21. Michael Schoenleber

    Touching film. It is helpful when you reach out to someone less advantaged, for both sides.

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  22. Anonymous

    Wonderful service for those people stranded in the middle of nowhere – the driver is an amazing individual. Staying connected with people is the reason we moved to the city when we downsized.

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  23. Daniel Roth

    I really enjoyed it. Im an american musician living in Spain..and of course we are hard hit as we go into the 3rd week of confinement..so that brings loneliness in a new way..to add to all the other ways that were already possible. Like a good documentary the story is “real”..not so exciting, dramatic…but YES I want to do a job like this…so nice to be helping people, to come to know them…and hear their stories. I also do some interviewing..I like to hear people’s stories. I will be seeing some more of these films. Great initiative, thank you!!

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  24. Cheryl Sedoris

    Very touching and thoughtful. Such a wonderful service for these elderly people which we will become. Relatable and relevant, inspiring and wonderful. Uplifting and sad all at the same time.

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  25. Joe Yuhas

    Very enjoyable to see seniors living their lives with their all their pains, limitations. etc. Finding companionship, going along with their daily activities and living their days to their fullest. Youth has it’s advantages but it takes living, passing throught some of the challenges of life that allows you to really appreciate it. That is what I consider wisdom.

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  26. CarolynRose Stone

    It is very moving to find this film today, May 12, 2020, nine weeks into isolating at home because of the Corvid19 virus that is sweeping through every country. The isolation is only broken by computer based communication and even though we can “see and talk “ with each other, we can’t touch each other, share a meal with a friend. Families are like little islands. The appreciation for this kind of life sustaining connection coming through a simple bus ride is missing now. There’s a lot of fear and worry plus longing to lay eyes on those we love. Time for a new version of this film.

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  27. Sarah Prince

    I loved the scenery and naturalness of the people, going about their business. The driver is a peach, so sincere in his enjoyment of his work.

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