Back in 2006 The Crinoline and the Rose from Emma Kempton and Anson Hartford was wowing audiences with its magical tale. Couple that with a superbly shot, touchingly performed, surreal experience and you start to recognise why the film has gathered such broad appeal.
Emma Kempton fashion
As well as winning the Two Short Nights bursary film award and best festival film in 2006, it also managed to pick up the Most Innovative Film award in the Media Innovations Award, 2007. And with its use of Emma‘s Clown and Unicorn clothes, the film was part of London Fashion week in 2007.
Anson Hartford and Banyak films
Anson Hartford, of Banyak films, went onto make a film on legendary photographer James Rivilious, as well as tutor documentary filmmakers at Dartmoor Arts.
Current Banyak films in development are the Beads on One String project, finding common ground between the world’s religions; Making History, Cooking History looking at historic compromises in Tito’s Yugoslavia: Georgian Dance; Piecing Together Rwanda’s Past; Indigo, a three-part series on the magic, culture, obsession and history of the natural dye Indigo, and Voices of Kenya an on-going mobile video-workshop and cinema. Quite a tall order, which we’re guessing will be wonderfully realised.