We're always making films, but for our latest film HEAR IN MALAWI, we were interested in meeting with some Malawian filmmakers. That certainly happened and it was a joy to meet both Malawi's first feature film director Shemu Joyah(Seasons of a Life, Last Fishing Boat) and Tawonga Nkhonkera(B'ella).
We also held a one-day film workshop in Llilongwe for university students at ABC College and are now talking with other institutions about more workshops. 🎥👍
Gingerwink Films' David Alexander and Georgie Weedon during one day filmmaking workshop.
"With knowledge and practical experience, Georgie and David connected well with our students here in Malawi, a wonderful example of their ability to train and facilitate learning in a multicultural environment."
W Michael Davis, ABC College, Malawi
Georgie Weedon is an award-winning Executive Producer and filmmaker. She was the third employee at the launch of global international news and programmes channel Al Jazeera and as Head of Acquisitions and Commissioning Editor conceived and developed Witness the daily documentary programme. Some of her commissions and global co-productions have been selected for festivals and won awards. In 2008 Georgie launched Gingerwink Films.
Georgie is trained in Playback Theatre which uses theatre to dramatise true stories through improvisation. She has worked with the UK charity Kids Company and Channel 4 to teach practical filmmaking through making series of short films written and produced by 10-16year olds about their experience of violence and street gangs. The resulting short films were broadcast on Channel 4.
She is on the advisory board of the UK's Sheffield DocFest Documentary Festival, was a judge at the Warsaw Film Festival, had her first short drama film funded by the UK Film Council was selected by BAFTA in their top talent showcase and in 2010 was selected as one of the UK's top emerging female producers and sent on a government bursary to the Berlin Film Festival. She is a Cambridge University Climate Leadership alum. She also co-authored the book Offscreen: Four Young Artists in the Middle East(Booth Clibborn, 2004) and co-founded www.projectAriadne.com profiling women making theatre for social change in postconflict zones.
Since making his first short film in 2006, award winning filmmaker David Alexander has been mentored by Academy award-winning director Kevin MacDonald and BAFTA nominated director Iain Softley. He’s been selected for talent development initiatives run by the Tribeca Film Institute, the Berlin Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, and developed projects under the guidance of the UK Film Council, Film London, BBC Films and Film4. Additionally he’s worked with Cineclub: The Young Filmmakers Network as a film tutor and mentor for over seven years, and lectured at Regents College, the ABC College Malawi and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
From the students-
"I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to come and speak to us at ABC campus on October 31, 2014. It was one of the best seminars I have ever attended. I enjoyed every moment of it and I will live to remember it. You guys inspired me greatly and I know that I will pursue my dream of filmmaking. Wishing you all the best.
- Mwayi Angel Kapeleta, ABC College Malawi