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The UnLonely Film Festival: Best of Fest

Dial a Ride

About the FIlmmaker

Dial-A-Ride directors George Cowie and Tom Huntingford have been making films together for eight years under the banner of their London-based production company Superfolk Films – a mix of digital content, independent documentaries, and co-productions. As a creative partnership, George and Tom have a track record of dealing with sensitive issues and contributors, access-driven stories and investigative documentaries, producing entertaining, thought-provoking, human-focussed films around the world. G&T recently released their 30-minute documentary Someone Else’s War with The Guardian online. It tells the story of the young Brits who battled ISIS on the frontlines, and their dads’ journeys to Syria to find out what they died for. A very different subject matter to Dial-A-Ride! For more of their films and contact information visit www.superfolkfilms.com

Dive Even Deeper

  • Capture the stories of an older loved one or community member

    • Following the advice of the driver in the film—that some of the [older people] have such a terrific memory that ‘they should be made to write their stories down because these stories are going to disappear’—reach out to an older person you know to ask them if you could interview them about their life and experiences.
    • Once you’ve received permission for an interview and have set a date, draft 5-10 open-ended questions to elicit storytelling about their life. You can use questions that were used in the film, such as:  “What do you think the secret is to growing old gracefully and happily?” Or more specific questions based on what you know about their personal story. Consider sharing the questions in advance so they can think of stories to share and feel more comfortable during the interview. Use a voice recording app on your phone or capture the whole interview by video.  
     

12 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I loved this! The aging are so often pushed aside, when they can bring so much joy into the day by telling their stories of days gone by. I personally love asking those over 80 about their history, and usually they are more than happy to share.

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  2. Anonymous

    It’s crucial to stay connected in someway with people around your community. It makes life more enjoyable and bearable sometimes.

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  3. Anonymous

    A touching, bittersweet film. It shows that even with a limited budget and resources one can make a meaningful short film, provided one has a story to tell. Bravo!

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  4. Sandy

    The people able to share the details of their lives with the driver, a person to listen and care about them.

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  5. Sandy Beckvall

    Driver really cares about the people he is transporting. Can be healing to those sharing the story.

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  6. Sandy Beckvall

    Driver interested in others story and can be healing to those who shared.

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  7. Sandy Beckvall

    Driver interested in other peoples story, shows he cares.

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  8. Bobie

    What an impact you can have on others lives.

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  9. Anonymous

    Makes me want to volunteer

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  10. Rita Lambert

    I also am old, but I don’t feel old. It is inspiring to see how cheerful and how brave they all are to just keep going with a great sense of humor. Love it!

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  11. Anonymous

    Loooved this Story, I would love to start a program for the elderly I don’t think there are too many fun programs geared towards them, This film really touched my heart, to give back to this community and volunteer!

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  12. Anonymous

    What a Beautiful film, there really are not many fun and engaging programs for the elderly, this makes me want to create something for them and volunteer, what amazing stories they have to pass to the next generation1 I love that the bus driver makes them feel human again.

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