I just got in from my final session at Lifeline in Woolwich. I remember a morning in late summer last year, when I had got so drunk the night before that Lyn suggested i find help. I had to agree, and got Googling. That's how I found Lifeline, who got me onto the 1000 Londoners project. It's incredible really: quite by accident, and through the utter stupidity of drinking too much, I found myself given the opportunity to make films - exactly what I really wanted to do.
Through them I made Matt, a film I'm very proud of. I then went on to help with a bigger project where people with Cannabis problems tell their stories. It's for use by doctors etc, to warn people of the risks. That's what we finished today. It felt great to be working on something, contributing to something. More to the point, I feel I've made a lot of good friends and contact on this project, most notably Matt, whom I mention here.
We intend to continue working together, and I hope that we do. We have one or two plans in the pipeline already. This project, I feel, began something which I really want to cling on to and move forward. Since graduating in 2014, I was sort of left twiddling my thumbs, and needed to fill the gap. This project has filled that gap amicably. The risk now is letting it reopen, but now I've tasted a bit of actual filmmaking, I have no intention of allowing that to happen. This particular project may have come to an end, but I have a feeling it will now lead to even bigger, better things.