This very evening the 5th October at 9pm on BBC Two a ground-breaking new documentary co-written and presented by actor Sally Phillips airs. It's called A World Without Down's? and talented film-maker Clare Richards was the woman behind much of the filming and editing. Downs Side Up asked her a few questions.
|Clare Richards was the woman behind the camera filming A World Without Downs?|
The powerful piece looks at Down's syndrome screening programmes and asks some important ethical questions about our views on disability as a society. I was enormously proud to have been filmed whilst training medical professionals for the programme along with our daughter Natty.
Key scientists and ethicists, as well as champions with Down's syndrome and their families, also feature in a work that will start important conversations everywhere. Never before has a programme asked the opinions of those with Down's syndrome on such an important topic either.
The country is in a media frenzy with Sally Phillips at the helm. Media interviews are like beacons of light flashing across the country as our community rallies. Here's my pennyworth on BBC Breakfast yesterday.
But with all the focus on the protagonists in the film, rarely does anyone ask the film creator about their role in bringing such an important topic to our screens.
So I threw a few questions at Clare, and asked her what she's working on next and here's what she told us.
How were you selected to work on A World Without Down’s? What drew you to the subject?
You work alone at times. Tell us about the different roles you perform in creating a film such as this.
Tell us about an average day for a documentary maker.
The film features some very personal moments and a
range of raw emotions from various people. How do you feel witnessing these?
How do you ensure authentic emotions are expressed. Do you ever put the camera
down and give your subjects a hug?
Was it a straightforward process? How many hours of film, countries visited, nights away from home, extra takes etc
How did you begin to decide what made it into the final edit.
What was your personal experience of Down’s syndrome when you were growing up?
What did you learn from making the film, both professionally and about DS?
Are there any moments in the film that really stand out for you and what are you most proud of?
Tell us about your other/future projects.I’ve just started on a project for BBC 2’s This World international current affairs documentary strand which will be following a British doctor with albinism as he investigates the persecution that Albinos experience in East Africa.
See more of Clare's work on her website.