Good news! The Ditch is back in business!
Of course we were never really out of business – production was only temporarily halted last September because of the rain. Sheena has now rewritten the script so that the action takes place indoors, and we actually think it makes it a stronger film. It means that we can use all the stuff we’ve shot and, although we have had to change the order of events in the story, it’s much closer to the mood and style we originally hoped for.
Shooting takes place next month, and we’re getting everything together for the last stage before we go into post-production. So it’s very likely that you’ll be getting to see the film this year! (Remember if you donated £10 or more in last year’s highly successful fundraising effort, you get to see the film first – it’ll be just after the cast and crew screening; all dates will be announced in due course.)
We’ve not been idle these months. Sheena has been working very, very hard on several productions with her company Drunken Chorus. These have included live performances at the Battersea Arts Centre, the Rich Mix venue and pubs in the City of London and Croydon, as well as performances in the north of England. Drunken Chorus, which has secured Arts Council funding, has a number of projects in the pipeline and has come a long way from its early days. Henry has been making music videos, and as I write is about to co-direct the videography at Adam Ant’s 2014 live tour show in Hammersmith. And me, Stephen? Writing, mostly, and researching. And blogging, elsewhere. Life doesn’t stand still; it’s alarming how quickly the last seven months have gone.
Anyway, it’s going to be great getting the team back together, though inevitably there have been a few changes in personnel because of availability. More about that as we get closer to the date. In the meantime, we look forward to keeping you up to date with how things are progressing!