A 20 minute promotional video documentary produced in 1993-4 by me as
KBS Productions for The Greater Manchester Play Resource Unit,
affectionately known by all its friends and supporters as GRUMPY. View the video here
It appears that the Unit was merged at the end of 2015 and the Bristol Childrens' Scrapstore have taken over the running of the 'shop' which is open on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday each week. www.grumpy.org.uk
It's a charity that I was a trustee of for nearly 30 years and whose work continues to be close to my heart.
The video was shot on hired S-VHS equipment from Salford University during the summer and autumn of 1993 by Jim Hallworth on camera and myself as sound recordist and director. Eat your heart out Nick Broomfield!
Working to an agreed brief with Steve Duckworth then GRUMPY's Marketing and Fund-raising Manager, the video outlines the project's history, structure, philosophy and its day-to-day operation. We filmed a number of organised play schemes and special needs classrooms where creative use was being made of recycled materials
We interviewed business people who'd donated the materials, alongside talking to workers, volunteers and users of the GRUMPY Unit. There was a lot of good footage and we were a bit spoilt for choice so over the next few months we cut together a twenty minute video.
We were able to feature the Madness track 'House of Fun' over a busy montage sequence and Durutti Column provided the music for the scenes of the organisation's history. Editz, John Wood Sound and Granada Television were all very helpful in completing the final version. Beverley Ashworth, at the time a well known Granada TV presenter and who now incidentally, amongst many other interests, runs an actors' voice over agency www.tongueandgroove.co.uk agreed in her usual generous fashion to narrate the commentary for free.
The video proved a great success and was instrumental in several fund-raising and public relations campaigns. In fact it was used until the last few of years exactly for this purpose and before the Unit moved to Salford.
Steve Duckworth, Executive Producer for GRUMPY comments, "For a very small investment we re-cooped many, many times our initial outlay by way of successful grant applications and donations. The issues and solutions offered in the video are as relevant to-day as they were then."