Director Sue Giovanni
Producer Jules Hussey
We are regular visitors to the area as we have friends who lived in Orford and now live in Iken.
On one visit two years ago we saw some work in a gallery in Aldeburgh which we both liked (a rarity as we usually disagree on all art work and music and films……..we only agree on beer!). The gallery assistant told us about Margaret and we were intrigued and even more so when we discovered that very little had been written about her despite her being one of the founding members of the St Ives Group.
By a very bizarre coincidence we realised that Sue had done some video work for a man called Telfer Stokes a year before and Margaret had a son called Telfer Stokes. There is only one Telfer Stokes in this world and since we first made contact with him Telfer and Margaret’s friend Emily Whalley have been profoundly supportive of this project.
The piece has taken shape (rather like one of Margaret’s driftwood reliefs) quite slowly as we have picked up pieces along the way, shot film, found interviews and filmed some of Margaret’s works. It has taken three years to complete and has been completely privately financed and produced in our spare time, alongside our full-time jobs.
This is an intensely personal piece and we have only used Margaret’s own words throughout the film – recordings from the National Sound Archive and extracts from Margaret’s diary and writings read by the actress Susannah York.
Based on an ‘Artists’ Lives’ interview with Mel Gooding British Library Sound Archive
Margaret’s words read by Susannah York
Caroline McAdam Clark
The Cornwall Centre Collection
Imperial War Museum, London
Jean-Claude Dupuis and Guy Pihouée
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Scottish Screen Archive
Tate Library and Archive
South Western Electricity Historical Society Archives
United Reformed Church
Gianmarco Del Re
Audio Post Production
Violin Recording Engineer
With thanks to
Austin/Desmond Fine Art
Lachie and Julie Campbell
The Cut, Halesworth
Sir Geoffrey and Lady Holland
this film could not have been made without the trust and support of Telfer Stokes
and the knowledge and dedication of
Directed and edited by