Several months ago, it was my privilege to find myself included as one
the volunteers for the E.D.E.N Film Productions lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) community filmmaking workshop: E.D.E.N Action!
Initially it was intended that should I avail myself of the project’s mission,
which was to make facilities available to any unemployed members of the
LGBT community from Sheffield and its surrounding areas to develop their
filmmaking and employability skills but after a couple of sessions I was
further invited to guest-write a blog.
Unfortunately this is where I came a smidge’ unstuck. Due to an
unexpected and exceptionally inconvenient health issue, I had only
accomplished one blog post before I sensationally flaked out and had to
abandon my peers.
This befitted more than a small irritation because, even though I am a
filmmaking novice, the opportunity to work on a truly creative LGBT
venture was a terribly exciting prospect for me and my enthusiasm had
definitely overcome any of the initial buds of vacillation.
However, before I was indecorously carted off for months of undignified
prodding I did manage to draw on a couple of bananas, provide a semi-
mobile wardrobe service and later almost overdosed one of the other
volunteers on Hobnobs. This may yet be a personal best.
So you may wonder what I could possibly have gained then, from this
assignment that I began but did not finish, with potential new skill sets
largely unrealised and premières missed?
me updated on their progress and involved me whenever they could.
They have taken time acknowledge my brief input, to both check in to
see how I was doing and inform me how their endeavours were faring; I
have even had personal visits and overall a more unique insight into the
delivery of their enterprise than I could ever have had as a ‘hands-on’
The community spirit conveyed to me from the outset and then later on
through selfless and inclusive actions confirmed that which I already
knew; E.D.E.N Film Productions is no ordinary organization and you
should all keep an extremely close eye on them (literally and figuratively)
because they are moving mountains and, they have the footage to prove