July, 2020

05Jul(Jul 5)6:00 pm31Aug(Aug 31)6:15 pmTriumph over Adversity(July 5) 6:00 pm - (August 31) 6:15 pm Price: Free


July 5 (Sunday) 6:00 pm - August 31 (Monday) 6:15 pm





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Triumph over Adversity

A series of four professionally produced short films made by local storytellers. These touching films explore triumph over adversity and finding the good in the bad. They promise an inspiring experience and are a wonderful way to support and commend local film makers.

Episode Four – For George

There are both tears and laughter at the funeral of a former ballroom dance champion, as generations of his family and friends honour the man and deal with their grief in different ways and ultimately triumph over adversity.

Seven-year-old Bobbie is comforted by his own explanation of the great mystery of death – that in fact Great Uncle George has been rescued from the box by Jesus and been taken back to Birmingham. As the middle generation struggle to find their way, grief and betrayal threaten to dissolve the glue that holds the family together. However, Bobbie and the older generation know exactly how to celebrate George’s life and with that wonderful affinity that exists between the very young and the elderly, they do just that.

Written and Directed by Francesca Jaynes – Released 2012

Produced by Auriole Wells, Spencer Soloman, Dale Mercer, Gemma Wright, Cecilia Cooper-Colby.

FRANCESCA JAYNES – For more than 25 years, Francesca Jaynes has been working as a choreographer and movement director in feature films, television, and theatre. Working with many of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors such as Tim Burton, Mike Leigh, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. She has written and directed two short films, For George and Gnomeland

AURIOLE WELLS – Auriole has a long association with South Hill Park, has appeared in and choreographed many productions here and is also a member of staff. Her professional work as a performer/director/facilitator and producer has included stints in theatre, music, cabaret, TV, film and the education/creative learning sector.

In 2012, she set up the production company ‘For George Productions’ and 2 of their short films, For George and Gnomeland have gained awards and official selection screenings from film festivals in the UK, USA and Europe. In 2019 she produced her first play Their Finest Hour at South Hill Park, which had a successful re-run here in February 2020.

Watch here.

Episode Three – Epidemic of Knowledge

A short documentary that was created by Clive Elkington of Livelywood Pictures and British Autism Advocate Carly Jones MBE FRSA in 2014 (using name Olley Edwards in film) following her journey to a late Autism Diagnosis.

Epidemic of Knowledge highlights the issue of how so many Autistic females were left behind without a timely diagnosis in the past debunking the myth of an Autism epidemic, whilst demonstrating how we live in a time of an epidemic of our knowledge instead.

This film highlights the importance of diagnosing and recognising Autistic females; a triumph over adversity. Epidemic of Knowledge was screened at Cannes Film festival in 2015 and won various film and human rights awards in the same year globally in Rome, Indonesia, America and more.

Watch here.

Episode Two – Under the Stars:

With his parents’ break up at the forefront of his mind, a young boy seeks escape and someone to talk to. Without a male figure in his life, he seeks solace under the stars with a message for his Grandad, who doesn’t need to reply, but just to listen. They are not so far from here.

By sending his message to his grandad he will triumph over adversity.

Amsterdam International Film Festival, Amsterdam – Winner – The Grand Prize of the Jury, 2017
MY HERO International Film Festival, Santa Monica – Finalist – Relationships First Award, 2017
JellyFEST – Semi-Finalist, 2019

Watch here.

Episode One – The Voice:

Kookoo Veronica wants to be a star; sensible Nancy wants to save Veronica from herself.

Veronica is going to be a star. At least she would be, if it wasn’t for that voice telling her she can’t do it. She isn’t good enough.

We all hear that nagging voice from time to tie, that feeling of doubt… but great things can happen if we learn to block it out, if we can triumph over adversity.

Directed by Mark Hooper and used with the permission of the producers ‘Divertizma Productions’.

Watch here.


3 Comments. Leave new

How can these films be seen? Are they available on all platforms and is there a cost or are they only available to SHP members, many thanks


Hi Jo

Thank you for your message. The films will be shared on our Facebook page at 6pm every Sunday. They will also be uploaded to the event page here, you can watch by clicking the ‘watch here’ link. There is no cost and they are available to everyone. Thank you.

Bruce Collins
July 12, 2020 12:08 am

A lovely concept, beautifully filmed and a really good storyline. But the opening dialogue was poorly recorded – muffled- it seemed to me.


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