What is the 'Island of Refuge' project
"Island of Refuge" (#islandofrefuge) is an independent feature length documentary about the refugee crisis on Lesvos, in Greece. The film has a particular focus on the local people and how they have experienced and are responding to the crisis. I am also taking portrait photographs of the local people on Lesvos and these are available in limited addition in the rewards section. There will be a variety of exhibition opportunities for the film and ultimately my aim is to have "Island of Refuge" seen by as many people as possible as well as being a document summary of this island's iconic moment in history.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
My aim is that “Island of Refuge” will give people a new window into a well documented crisis, focusing on small stories to show the bigger picture and in that way I believe we can raise awareness about the larger migrant issue. I would like as many people to see the film as possible and we are developing a strategy to maximize the impact that it can have.
There was a really amazing response to the trailer and last campaign – and I massively appreciate all your kind words about the film and offers to help. Please donate to the film fund if you can or show others the trailer and ask if they can help. There are a variety of rewards available again. Filmmaking always costs a lot of money but we are only looking for our expenses to be covered at this stage. There are other ways in which you can help as well. For example if you have ideas about promotion, marketing and exhibition once the film is complete then please get in touch via the Facebook page. Would love to hear from you!
We also need to shoot aerial drone footage of the island in 4K. If you have any contacts or are a drone team interested in our film please get in touch.
I am a filmmaker from Bristol and after shooting and researching the Lesvos refugee subject for the first time in November 2015, I have returned to Lesvos for the third time to carry on recording people’s stories and finish the film’s post production.
Lesvos just felt like the right place to complete the film for me. In the same way everyone I meet has been inexplicably drawn here I have also been mysteriously called by the island. This campaign is to fund the final expenses of production – like travel and accommodation. We also really want to capture drone footage of the stunning island so we will need to either hire a local team or invite one onto the island.
“Island of Refuge” is an independent film telling the story of the people of Lesvos and anyone who has decided to call it ‘home’ – a beautiful island set against the backdrop of the refugee crisis. The people here have experienced truly horrific scenes, financial hardship, inspiring encounters and have also done heroic deeds too.
Crew & Collaborators
My good friend and talented documentary cinematographer who came with us to Lesvos for the whole month of January.Read More
Jacob is another great friend and amazing filmmaker. He came to Lesvos for almost two months from the end of March and edited the eight minute..Read More
Characters in 'Island of Refuge'
I have met so many amazing people from all over the world on Lesvos. Here are a few of the characters featured in the film and these are also some of the portraits that are available in the rewards section.