Last week we filmed six wonderful and hugely generous actors and writers in London for ’28 Tales for 28 Days’. Our brilliant filmmaker, Ricardo Vilela of Sagitta Media, set up each location so as to create an intimate space in which to film.
Our first day of shooting was at Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, where Niamh Cusack read Ali Smith’s ‘Detainee’s Tale’, bringing to life her ‘world-sized’ story. Caroline Bergvall read her own beautifully crafted story, ‘The Voluntary Returner’s Tale’, whilst Nabil Elouahabi, read ‘The Deportee’s Tale’ written by Avaes Mohammad.
The next day we were based at SOAS, where Abdulrazak Gurnah read his own story ‘The Arriver’s Tale’ and Sorcha Cusack read a new tale from the forthcoming Refugee Tales III by Patrick Gale. Sorcha’s reading was very moving and brought us all to tears.
Our last reader was Jonathan Cullen, who performed Hubert Moore’s ‘The Visitor’s Tale’, seamlessly flowing between its prose and poetry.
Ricardo will now begin editing the footage, ready for their daily release in September. We’re very excited to see the finished results of these powerful Tales.
A big thank you to the readers, the University of Westminster and SOAS, to Ricardo and to all of you for supporting such an important project.