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Wantage Tales

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Published on Nov 10, 2014

Wantage Tales Documentary Film and Photography is a series of video interviews combined with photo portraits, featuring members of our community and our personal, informal and very local stories. Sylwia Presley is our local exhibiting photographer and active citizen journalist working with various types of visual and audio content.

“I feel it is important to capture and share a more human angle of WantageTales featuring its faces, voices and personal stories. As a blogger, I think technology gives us an amazing opportunity to share more than just text. I live in Wantage and my photography reflects so many of my own stories, favourite places and amazing views. I am sure you have a lot of stories to share too. If I may say so – I think YOU ARE the story of Wantage, here and now, every single day. This is why I feel so strongly about capturing and immortalising the spirit of our town. I am convinced that the best way to do it is through multiple voices from within the community.”

Participants:

Erika Montenegro, Performance Artist and Dancer
Sarah Hobbs, Music Teacher and Singer
Steven, Beeman
Stuart Roper, Artist and Illustrator
Fiona Roper, Mayor of Wantage
John Vandore, Manager at Cryox at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Ed Vaizey, Member of Parliament for Didcot and Wantage, HM Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
David Elliot, Writer, Author and Publisher
Monika Becker, Practitioner for Alternative Therapies
Flora Nuttgens, Textile Conservator and Mum
Jane Elliot, Art Historian and Editor
Ralph Cobham, Chairman of the Betjeman Park Trust
Dan Braghis, Drupal Developer at Torchbox agency
Dawid Presley, Organiser of Wantage Minecraft Club
Kieran Hearty, professional speaker, executive coach, leadership development expert, author and standup comedian
Dr Dick Squires, retired GP, founder of Vale & Downland Museum and many local community initiatives
Sue Humphries
Roger Humphries, Master Builder
Alison King, Owner of the Buzz Cafe at Mill Street

Sylwia Presley would like to express her gratitude to all participants for their time and support in this project. Thank you!

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‘Sylwia is intensely curious about the world, even its quieter corners like Wantage. She shows us inspiring qualities and beauties in our familiar town, using digital and social media to engage people, especially children, with their historic surroundings. Her montage of video interviews draws out our common experiences of life here, yet also demonstrates how varied our responses to the town can be. Working with Sylwia on this project has been an energising and fascinating experience.’

Flora Nuttgens, Textile Conservator and Mum, participant

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‘Well done!’

Dr. Dick Squires, retired GP, founder of Vale & Downland Museum and many local community initiatives, participant

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‘Just to say again what a great job you’ve done with the film – well done! Such a good idea and very interesting to see what different people think about Wantage.’

Fiona Roper, Mayor of Wantage, participant

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‘Well done! Glorious!’

Ed Vaizey, Member of Parliament for Didcot and Wantage; HM Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries; participant

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‘Sylwia, I want to complain. I didn’t have an hour to spend – but I watched it right through just the same. It’s an amazing piece of work. Well done!’

John Vandore, Manager at Cryox at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, participant

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‘What a wonderful film you’ve made there, with such beautiful, interesting people! Well done! And little Dawid is just too adorable – I like his little musical interludes.’

Monika Becker, Practitioner for Alternative Therapies, participant

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‘Just a short note to say congratulation on your show, it’s a great success!

I loved the video and the arrangement of the portraits, so very different from the usual exhibitions in the museum.

Brilliant.’

Stuart Roper, Artist and Illustrator, participant

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‘Fascinating. Good work!‘

Matt Thorne

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