Still - William Cline-Bailey (Official Dance Film)
Still depicts how we experience love. It explores how love can make you feel - the butterflies, the joy, the excitement. The film is inspired by the thoughts and emotions running through the main character’s head. It is a daydream of sorts, depicting how she experiences love.
The main character is off to see her partner on a date. She is full of excitement but also nervous like it’s their first date. They’ve been together for 6 years but every time they see each other, it feels like the first time. She’s skipping through the streets, counting down the minutes till they’re together.
Song written, arranged and produced by William Cline Bailey
Piano - Adam Carpenter
Upright Bass - Rohan Oliver
Drums - William Cline Bailey
Recorded at Beckview studios, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Director/Producer: Ronita Awoonor-Gordon
DOP/Editor: Tracy Kiryango
Choreographer: Megan Lesser
Runner: Jess Powell
Thank You Notes: Reggae with Teshay Makeda
A follow up to the film Notes of Resistance: Reggae, Thank You Notes featuring Teshay Makeda takes a look at the legacy that Reggae has left. Reggae has a long history of giving a voice to the voiceless. Thank You Notes allows artists of today to say thank you to those who paved a way for them to be able to make the music that they do. With many from Reggae’s heyday worrying about the genre’s future, we speak to Teshay Makeda at Lambeth Country Show doing her part to keep the genre alive. Join her as she prepares to go on stage for a set she has curated to pay homage to the women in Reggae, Roots and Soul.
With performances from: Teshay Makeda, Dionne Reid and Aysha Loren and the Empresses of Soul, Reggae and Roots: Lorna 'Sutara' G, TeeJAH PRAYze, Empress Storm, Rafeelya, Summer Pearl, Kosher, Empress Imani, Makeda Moore and Visaka
Notes of Resistance: Reggae
Many genres have been born out of resistance inspiring generations to create a space for themselves despite wider societies’ efforts to erase them. Reggae music, a staple and cultural export of Jamaican culture, has been enjoyed by many across the world. However, little is known on this same scale about the roots of the genre and its role as a form of expression for often marginalised communities in the UK. Many reggae songs offer messages of empowerment, particularly for black people and communities, and critiques of oppressive governments and social norms.
Featuring: Winston Bennett, Ben Bell and Oxman
I co-produced this short film, currently in festival circuits
'GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM...' - A VERY SHORT DOC
I started Talks with Ronita’s World to keep creative during this lockdown period. I am very passionate about social issues and use my creativity to explore, learn more and teach others about it. A few weeks, in response to the response to BLM protests, I asked my followers a series of questions about home. There is a notion amongst some that if you critique systems where you live, you should leave. It is clear that home means different things to different people. However, you shouldn’t have to deal with racism and other forms of oppression to call a place your home. Due to lockdown, my resources were limited and I couldn’t film/explore the topic as much I would have liked. For now, this is what I and my followers has to say, hope you find this interesting...
Let Me In
Growing up, we all had hopes and dreams. Society tells us to work hard to achieve them but what happens when you work hard and are still told no? This is the reality for young migrants when trying to go to university in the UK. Let Me In is a multimedia project that tells the stories of young individuals fighting for their right to be educated and the people who help them.