The stats for this blog suggest we have a lot of regular readers and the occasional reader from Brazil (Ola Amigo!). Thank you for reading all about the making of Pili and your thoughts and feedback along the way. We have called in a LOT of favours in the making of this film and now … More PILI needs you!
As the international HIV/AIDS community pack their bags and head to Durban for the International AIDS Conference next week, I’ve put together a list of things to look out for at the conference. PILI won’t be finished until the end of August so expect a MEGA screening to take place at the next conference … More What to spot at the International AIDS Conference
About a month and a half ago I started to write about everything that happened in making PILI. Sort of this blog but with added detail and narrative. 70,000 words later and I seem to have a first draft of a book. This is not an academic book – there’s no way you could write … More Pili the Book and Ansity gets married
Oof, anyone want a repeat of the last week? With everything that’s been happening in UK politics and Director Leanne lost in a field in Somerset I’ve been somewhat distracted from PILI. When news loops, facebook arguments, and twitter links become overwhelming I retreat to my two safe havens: dancing around to loud music and … More Making things official
‘Soph’s making a film Andy,’ said my brother to my Uncle as we sat waiting for my cousin Charlie to turn up to her wedding (there was a delay, official story is it was to do with her sister Alice’s hair). ‘So you’re in commerce now?’ replied Uncle Andy. ‘No, I’m making it with a … More ‘You’re in commerce now’
Last night the UK crew members (minus Gary who is ahem working in Ibiza) got together for the first time since returning from Tanzania. I’ve seen Leanne because of the edit and we’ve all kept in touch, however this was the first time we all met in person and for the first half an hour … More The Picture and the Tattoo
What do you get when you cross the swag of Rihanna with the grind of Beyonce and sprinkle with Bongo Flava? Shaa! I have been sat on some exciting news for a couple of weeks waiting for everything to be signed off but am delighted to say that the QUEEN of Bongo Flava – Shaa … More QUEEN of Bongo Flava Shaa
The character of Pili is made up of a number of stories from real women living with HIV in Pwani. There is no one person who represents Pili as ‘Pili is everywhere.’ Pili is the name we gave to the lead character in the film as it was a common name among the women Director … More Who is the real Pili?
The World Health Assembly kicks off next week in Geneva – for those not familiar with the global health world this is the annual shindig where member states, bureaucrats, a few NGOs, experts and big ole philanthropists get together to discuss and strategise the big issues in global health. The big ones this year will … More World Health Assembly and Future of AIDS
A watched kettle never boils and a refreshed inbox does not produce a first cut yadayadayada, but if you were told you were going to be sent the first cut of your film this week would you carry on writing an academic article or keep refreshing the inbox? Exactly. But the wait is over and … More 1st Cut is here – eeekk!