Me And Thee Films
Jeanette and Ron came together in February 2015 and formed ME and THEE FILMS to make bold and unique films combining their many years of creativity and talent.
Jeanette Rourke is an Actor, Writer, Director and Film Maker. Her first independent short film, ‘And you are?’ written and directed by Jeanette has been screened internationally, at over twenty festivals, and nominated for multiple awards. For more information about Jeanette click here.
Ron Bambridge is a multi award winning photographer and now film maker, based in London, and a partner of Open Access Arts. His work has appeared in many books, as well as having his own books publish, including one on Detroit, a personal documentary style series on the downturn and abandonment of the city. He received the award of, Best Photographer, in the Association of Photographers Open Awards for his Detroit photography. Visit his website.
A Thousand Days
Suicide Awareness Film
In our capacity as a film maker we have been approached by Sangeeta Mahajan to make a film, to help raise awareness around the loss of life to suicide. In fact, I met Sangeeta at the Ortus, where she spoke to me about her only son Saagar, who lost his life to suicide in 2014. On the day of his death Sangeeta started to write a blog which she wrote daily for a thousand days. Sangeeta is a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and is now at the fore of raising awareness around the loss of life to suicide. Read the blog here.
Completed 2021,we have now shown the film to Sangeeta, who had no idea what to expect! A huge thank you, to all those that supported the making of this film, which we will now send to international film festivals and keep you posted!
A huge thank you, to all those that supported this film.
A message from Sangeeta after the watching the film.
A message from Sangeeta after the screening:
Dear Jeanette and Ron,
I don't know what it takes to make a film. I have no idea where it takes birth, how its journey goes.
But today, for the first time, I saw what impact it can have in the end.
It was like a spectacular multicoloured feather that landed in everyone's heart silently, delicately. Beautifully and powerfully.
I didn't think it could be done as well as you've done it.
I don't know how I'll ever thank you for this but Simon, I and all the rest of us are fortunate to have met you and worked with you. I feel closer to Saagar, if that's possible. And I feel stronger within myself, knowing we are a team.
Thank you so very much, for everything, especially your patience...
I look forward to seeing how the film travels further into the world.
You are an excellent team and you should be so proud.
When a life is lost to suicide, what part, do each of us play?
Sangeeta Mahajan, a Consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation, lost her only son, Saagar, to suicide.
On the day of Saagars suicide, Sangeeta started to write a blog, a blog she wrote every day for 1000 Days.
Saagar sat on a bench at the station for, over two hours before putting himself under a train, despite clearly being distressed, not a single person, reached out.The moment his body was on the tracks, the camera’s came out to - TWEET!
This film, which does pay tribute to this remarkable young man, is also a ‘call to arms’. What can ‘each one of us’ do, to lift the taboo of silence and talk about suicide. How can a Mother survive the unsurvivable?
As a society, what have we become?
No one is immune - Globally, close to 800,000 people die from suicide every year. That is one person every forty seconds and we don’t talk about it.
Our aim is to break that silence.
Fly me to the ZOOM
Let me play among the stars…
Since 2014 Open Access Arts, have collaborated with Omnibus Theatre London UK, to put on a socially inclusive ‘Winter Play’
Open Access Arts are not going to be silenced by the events in 2020 and their Winter Play this year is recorded via ZOOM.
What audiences are saying:
Watched the Zoom Winter production. Loved it. Absolutely loved it. So much on display - the poetry, the musicality. I thought the artwork was superb. Loved the informality, yet the sudden depth. I hadn’t intended to watch it all in one sitting - I'd clicked to have a look and then before I knew it the end credits were up! Jamie L
Thank you for sharing, this had me in equal floods of tears and belly laughter. Some seriously powerful words and truisms too. Katie M
Thank you, Jeanette. It is brilliant. Hugely enjoyed the creativity which you draw out of your cast. Really moving as well. Charles B
Thank you so much for sharing this - everyone looked like they were having a great time recording it and I like your message of not being silenced. Robert K
Home - Lockdown
A 2020 movie in 01:59 seconds!
As film makers, we wanted to capture some of the images that reflect this extraordinary year, and so was born our mini movie ‘HOME - LOCKDOWN’
We feel it may resonate…..!
‘And let us…on your imaginary forces work’ Henry V, Prologue Open Access Arts at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Our 2020 Shakespeare’s Globe collaboration may have been put on COVID hold, but we are travelling hopefully to be back there soon!
In the meantime, here is a mini movie with snapshots ‘Our Adventures at the Globe’
Recovery Street Film Festival
Prize winning film making
This year, the Recovery Street Film Festival included two films from Open Access Arts. Films were submitted from across the UK and ten were selected for the festival and a premier at the Curzon Cinema in Soho, London. We were delighted that Karen's Story was awarded 2nd prize. Watch out two entries here.
Watch Karen's Story here
Watch Stories of Hope & Recovery here
Open Access Arts Crystal Palace Festival 2018
Open Access Arts were commissioned to take their ‘pop up sofa’ to the festival and capture Crystal Place living history. You can watch the film here.
Watch Sofa Stories here
And you are?
Written and Directed by Jeanette Rourke
An abstract short about the loss of our treasured memories. A story inspired by Kitty (Jeanette’s Mum) and the ravages of her Alzheimers.
Screened at over twenty international festivals; Winner of Best Experimental Short at the Big as Texas Film Festival 2016; Screening Medal SOFIE awards Broadway New York; Nominated 2017 Limelight Awards
Watch And You Are? trailer
And you are…gone
Written and Directed by Jeanette Rourke and Ron Bambridge
Working with black and white imagery and exploring how the camera reads the mind, and you are gone, is a bold and exquisite experimental silent short film. A story about a daughter's journey, reliving past memories, in a time and place her Mother had loved, whilst saying goodbye.
A commissioned short film by Jeanette Rourke and Ron Bambridge premiered at Clapham Picture House 2016.
Lily’s swan song - A life in the circus is captured in the circus tent, where Lilly worked lived and loved. We trace a life-time of memories of the “little circus girl”. This film was made ‘in response’ to a circus theatre project, with the original film narrative by Jeanette Rourke and Ron Bambridge and original music and lyrics by Anna Dwyer. In a bonus feature, the film makers also capture all the behind the scenes action in a funny and informative snap-shot of how to make a ‘hand produced’ film.
Watch Lily and The Making of Lily
Taken from a stage play written by Jeanette Rourke: ME and THEE FILMS work in progress.
Wellbeing Day Documentary
A film that captures the stories of the Wellbeing Day, shot over the last months and telling stories of how lives are changed by access to creativity, wellbeing and cup of tea! My film-making partner and I have self funded this project.