Kip Jones will be taking RUFUS STONE by video link to Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, Kazakhstan this Friday.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s author and Executive Producer, Kip Jones.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s author and Executive Producer, Kip Jones.
“Our hope is that the film will dispel many of the myths surrounding ageing, being gay and life in British rural settings,” said Kip, who wrote and executive produced the film.
“The film renders poetically the way in which our memories morph and play with our histories, much as dappled sunlight reveals, then conceals, an idyllic landscape.”
A gala 5th Anniversary Screening and Reception for the award-winning research based biopic, RUFUS STONE will be held at the historic Shelley Theatre in Boscombe (Bournemouth) on 7 November from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. The screening is free but registration is necessary as seating is limited.
BREAKING NEWS! Lin Blakley, who played Abigail in RUFUS STONE and is known for her work as Pam Coker on EastEnders, will be attending the gala.
The film is the story of Rufus, an ‘out’ older gay man who was exiled from his village as a youth and reluctantly returns from London to sell his dead parents’ cottage, where he is forced to confront the faces of his estranged past.
RUFUS STONE, is part of wider research from ‘The Gay and Pleasant Land? Project’ that took place at Bournemouth University as part of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (a unique collaboration between five UK Research Councils on ageing in 21st Century Britain).
Over the past five years, RUFUS STONE has been viewed in academic, community and service provider settings throughout the U.K. Uploaded to the Internet for just over a year, the film was viewed on line by more that 12 thousand viewers in 150 countries. It has won several film festival awards and was shortlisted for the AHRC Anniversary Prize in 2015.
The gala event is expected to attract an audience of the film’s cast and crew members, past participants in the research project, community workers and service providers, and a range of citizens, young and old, gay and straight, with an interest in LGBT history and the contributions that the film has made to myriad diversity efforts.
“Whether you have seen the film before, or this will be the first time on a large theatre screen, you will enjoy the occasion,” says Dr Kip Jones, Exec Producer.
The screening is presented by Bournemouth University as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science – a week-long festival that celebrates some of the country’s leading social science research, giving an exciting opportunity to showcase the valuable work of the UK’s social scientists and demonstrate how their work has an impact on all our lives.
To find out more information about the film or the research behind it, please visit the website.
If you have any questions for Dr Jones, then please get in contact.
Notes to editor
A special guest at the screening will be the actor Lin Blakley who played “Abigail” as an adult in RUFUS STONE, and who has lately been seen as Pam Coker, a major role, in EastEnders.
Harry Kershaw, who played young “Rufus”, will also try to join us if he can. He has been very busy since filming with us with roles in the West End and on film, and has a performance that very night. Fingers crossed.
Watching the film with theatre projection is a special treat, if you’ve never experienced it this way before. The Shelley is atmospheric and exciting as well. Mary Shelley watched performances from her deathbed through a window in the theatre that still exists today!
After the half hour screening, there will be short Q&A with the audience. Then, as Joni Mitchell penned it so well, “If you want me, I’ll be in the bar”. We will retire to the renovated bar area for drinks and nibbles. It is here that you will have the chance to meet and chat with some of the representatives of educational, statutory and community organisations who have made an impact on their communities with their own screenings of RUFUS STONE over the past five years.
And this is in no way a swan song! RUFUS STONE will then move on to the University of Tampere in Finland on the 25th of November as the Keynote at their Social Psychology Conference.
It is important that you book soon for the Shelley, as places are limited.
Directions to the Shelley Theatre on the Eventbrite site.
Watch the Trailer for RUFUS STONE: https://vimeo.com/43395306
Thanks and looking forward to seeing you at the screening,
From a scholar in Vienna:
You are cordially invited to attend the gala 5th Anniversary Screening and Reception for the award-winning research based biopic, RUFUS STONE.
The Event will be held at the historic Shelley Theatre in Boscombe
7 November from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Over the past five years, RUFUS STONE has been viewed in academic, community and service provider settings throughout the U.K. Uploaded to the Internet for just over a year, the film was viewed on line by more that 12 thousand viewers in 150 countries. It has won serveral film festival awards and was shortlisted for the AHRC Anniversary Prize in 2015.
The three-year research project behind the film’s success was part of the New Dynamics Programme of ageing in 21st Century Britain, supported by Research Councils UK. This event will hallmark this achievement and continue the film’s impact in the wider community.
We expect the gala event to atract an audience of the film’s cast and crew members, past participants in the research project, community workers and service providers, and a range of citizens, young and old, gay and straight, with an interest in LGBT history and the contributions that the film has made to myriad diversity efforts. Whether you have seen the film before, or this will be the first time on a large theatre screen, you will enjoy the occasion.
R.S.V.P. Places are limited to 150 seats only! Please register on the Eventbrite site as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.
The research-based short film, RUFUS STONE, continues to gain traction and make an impact. RUFUS STONE was the key output of a three-year Research Councils UK funded New Dynamics of Ageing Project at Bournemouth University. Since it’s gala premier in 2012, the film has been screened widely for academics, NGO workers, healthcare providers and community audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
RUFUS STONE is a film about love, sexual awakening and treachery, set in the bucolic countryside of south west England, and viewed through the lens of growing older. It is based on knowledge gathered as part of the research project “Gay and Pleasant Land? – a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales.”
13 March: University of Alberta the Arts-based Research Studio and Joe Norris present a screening of RUFUS STONE followed by a Q & A with Project lead, Author and Executive Producer, Kip Jones via Skype. 12 noon to 2 p.m. Canadian time.
22 March: Keele University’s “Dynamic Qualitative Research” two-day conference will show the film. Mid-day. Kip will be present to take questions and comments.
24 April: RUFUS STONE will be featured as a Special Event in the Frontiers Stream at the British Sociological Association’s Annual Conference at Leeds University. A lunchtime screening, Kip will take questions following the screening. 12:30-13:30
Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 20.
ALSO: Working out details to screen RUFUS STONE at University of Melbourne’s “Artistry, performance and scholarly inquiry” Conference in July. Stay tuned!
A student from the Netherlands, Coco Sips, has spent time recently in Bournemouth and Dorset learning about LGBT teens and particularly those isolated in rural settings. Her study had resonance with the film, Rufus Stone, and so Coco sought the advice Executive Producer and Lead of the Gay and Pleasant Land? Project, Dr Kip Jones, when planning her study. Jones commented: ‘Although the main characters in Rufus Stone are in their seventies at the end of our film, the consequences of their youth are very much the driving forces of their lifetimes and the film. We hope to continue to explore LGBT youth through community connections and issues of social inclusion in a follow-up study now under consideration’.
Sips also sought advice from Intercom Trust, a organisation for LGBT people in the south west penisula, that was central to the earlier Gay and Pleasant Land? Project on isolated older lesbians and gay men in rural south west England. Coco then worked closely with a local LGBT Space Youth Project‘s organisers and teens to produce her report and a short video, Into SPACE.
In the film, young LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) youth tell their story about feelings of acceptance and/or social exclusion living in the rural area of Dorset, Southwest of England. The film was produced by Coco Sips as a part of her thesis project, “Social Exclusion amongst young LGBT people living in Rural Dorset” and performed on behalf of Space Youth Project, a non-governmental organization in Dorset.
“Anyone of any age and background can sit and watch this film, understand it, learn from it and emotionally connect to it”.— Dr Patricia Leavy in The Qualitative Report
The short film, Rufus Stone, (Kip Jones, Author and Executive Producer), seems to move from strength to strength. The movie was based on research as part of Research Councils UK funded research at Bournemouth University and a project of the national New Dynamics of Ageing programme.
Rufus Stone was screened as part of an ESRC Festival of Social Science event at BU in November for representatives of health and social care organisations. Participants went away from the day of activities with new knowledge about growing older as gay or lesbian in rural settings. Attendees each received a set of Method Deck cards produced by the research team to encourage their own groups in discussion and activities around these issues.
A Masterclass is in the planning stages for late April where representatives from both statutory and voluntary groups can come to Bournemouth for two days, learn about our research, view the film and take part in exercises drawn from the Method Deck. They then will be equipped to return to their groups with training in organising their own meaningful exercises around interfacing with older gay and lesbian citizens in their organisations. By partaking in the two days of activities, participants will receive copies of the Method Deck and the film. Stay tuned for details.
Freshers on HSC’s “Exploring Evidence to Guide Practice’ unit as well as Social Work students have had recent screenings as part of their learning experiences. There will be future opportunities for BU students to take advantage of this ‘home grown’ successful learning resource.
The film was screened in January at Birkbeck/University of London’s very modern Gordon Square cinema in Bloomsbury for their Doing Critical Social Research seminar series. A lively discussion followed with what seemed a very appreciative audience.
Cambridge University welcomes Rufus to the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse cinema on the 22nd of February at 4 p.m. as part of their Arts and Science Researcher Forum. A Q&A with Jones and Rufus Stone’s director, Josh Appignanesi, will follow the screening, BU’s Trevor Hearing will moderate.
There will be a screening of Rufus Stone in March at Talbot campus hosted by BU Media School’s Narrative Group. Following the film, Jones will discuss the use of narrative research, biography and autobiography in creating the film’s story and script. Great chance to catch the film if you haven’t seen it already. 18 March, Kimmeridge (KG03) at 1 p.m.
Community screenings at local cinemas in Poole and Wareham are set for the BU Festival of Learning on June 5th at the Lighthouse and June 12th at the Rex. Both start at 1 p.m. with refreshments and conversation to follow. We are particularly hoping to draw crowds of a range of ages and backgrounds from local communities.
For information, registration and/or ticket details for all future screenings, check the sidebar on Rufus Stone the movie BU microsite.
Buzz around the film has also hit the net. The Sociological Imagination features the trailer for the film on its pages and discusses ‘Turning Research into Film’. The Qualitative Report frequently features updates about Rufus Stone in its Weekly Report and recently ran a review of the film by author and educator, Patricia Leavy.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) “Impact of Social Science” web pages recently interviewed Kip Jones about Rufus Stone. Topics covered include: “How did Rufus Stone come about?” “What is the relationship between the research and the film?” and “What advice to you have for social scientists interested in using tools from the arts?” 5 Minutes with Kip Jones: “we engage in the creative process and open new doors for communication”.
As well as winning two awards at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival last summer, the film has also recently featured in the Torin (Italy) Film Festival and the UK Jewish Film Festival in London.
An academic article by HSC’s Kip Jones, Lee-Ann Fenge, Rosie Read and Marilyn Cash goes live in Forum: Qualitative Social Research, an on-line journal, shortly. The paper outlines the research behind the film, then presents in-depth life stories of four of the research participants.
Jones has also recently published , “Connecting Research with Communities through Performative Social Science”, which makes a case for the potential of arts-based social science to reach audiences and engage communities.
BU’s involvement in the ESRC Festival of Social Science includes a one-day event entitled, “Pathways to Impact: ageing, diversity, connectivity and community” on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (GMT) being held at the Executive Business Centre, 7th Floor.
The day will feature stimulating activities and informal discussions about diversity, the potential damage of discrimination experienced by many older gay and lesbian citizens, and what can be done about it.
Equality South West’s Chief Executive Katie Pratt will start off the day with highlights from their survey, “Pride Progress & Transformation”.
Members of BU’s LGB Research Advisory Committee will be on hand to informally share their experiences of working on BU projects.
A screening of the award winning, Bournemouth produced short film, Rufus Stone will follow Rufus Stone the movie blog.
Following a networking lunch, the big event of the day is the launch the Method Deck, Methods to Diversity – a learning tool to inspire agencies, practitioners and communities to think about diversity within their ageing population. Methods to Diversity is a playful compendium of information, practical tips and engaging exercises to help agencies and community groups think creatively about their approach to working with older lesbian and gay people.
Space is VERY limited (60 participants) and will fill up fast. If you are interested in attending, please register quickly at http://esrcfestival.eventbrite.com
The event is free, including lunch and a set of the Methods to Diversity cards.
Any questions? Please contact Dr Lee–Ann Fenge firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patricia Leavy, well-known author and innovator, has reviewed Rufus Stone the movie for the on-line qualitative journal, The Qualitative Report. Entitled, “A Review of Rufus Stone: The Promise of Arts-Based Research” the review is available for download.
Patricia is an independent Author, Researcher and Commentator who lives in Kennebunk, Maine USA. Among her 11 books she is the author of Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (Guilford Press), Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies (Left Coast Press) and the research-informed novel Low-Fat Love (Sense Publishers). For more info please visit her website.
Just some of her responses to Rufus Stone the movie:
“If research is intended to teach, illuminate, shed light on topics of import and challenge our assumptions, Rufus Stone is an exemplary piece of research”.
Rufus Stone has just scooped two awards at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival in the USA, the only short to win in two categories at the festival: the Grand prize in the Alternative Spirit category and the Youth Jury Award for best GLBT film at the festival.
The Rhode Island International Film Festival consisted of six days and nights of screenings, meetings and greetings featured more than 200 films selected from more than 4,000 entrants.
The Youth Jury is a programme that introduces youth to the world of independent film. The youth attend multiple screenings during the Festival, Q&A’s, and festival events. Their goal is to deliberate, and choose a Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short to receive the Youth Jury award.
Just few reactions to Rufus Stone from audience members at earlier screeings:
“Critically the authenticity of the film shone through – the characters were real and genuine”.
“Rarely does one get the chance of seeing a love affair between two men portrayed on screen credibly and realistically, not to say very movingly”.
“A kind of ‘ To Kill a Mocking Bird’ type film that makes you really think about your morals”.
Bournemouth University’s Kip Jones (The Media School &; HSC) said, “Winning at prestigious film festivals such as RIIFF is important in getting the film seen by a wide audience. This is the kind of impact that we imagined from the outset of the research project itself”.
“I am particularly pleased for our director, Josh Appignanesi, who took on board the concept of fusion of research and a professional film and visually brought it to life through Rufus Stone.”
“Gay and Pleasant Land? -a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales” was funded by Research Councils UK.The Rufus Stone microsite gives more information about the film, and the research that inspired it.
BU’s Kip Jones, Executive Producer and Author of the short film based on his research findings, “Rufus Stone” has just been notified that the film has been selected for acceptance by the judges for exhibition during this year’s FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival August 7-12, 2012. The event is the largest public film festival in New England and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences qualifying event.
In 2002, Flickers was notified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) that it had elected to recognize the Rhode Island International Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the Annual Academy Awards. With more than 7,000 film festivals worldwide, only 65 have this recognition “One of the top 10 Short Film Festivals and Top 10 International Film Festivals in the United States” – Chris Gore, author of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 2nd edition.
Well done and good luck Kip!
The event will be a multi-activity format including a screening of the film ‘Rufus Stone’ and launch of the method deck ‘Methods to Diversity’ –a community organising tool; day to include small group discussions, distribution and hands-on experience with the method deck, reports from Research Projects (BU & Equality SW); participation of Research Advisory Group and Intercom Trust.
This is excellent news – well done Kip 🙂
Following Rufus Stone‘s world premiere at BU in November 2011, Trevor Hearing (BU Media School), Ross Hillard (composer) and Kip Jones (BU Media School & School of Health and Social Care) have now produced a short trailer that captures both the story of the film as well as the beauty of its cinematography in two and a half minutes. For previous blog posts about Rufus Stone, click here.
Rufus Stone is a film about love, sexual awakening and treachery, set in the bucolic countryside of south west England, and viewed through the lens of growing older. It is based on knowledge gathered as part of the research project “Gay and Pleasant Land? – a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales.”
Rufus Stone: a film about love, sexual awakening and treachery (30 minutes).
The Making of Rufus Stone: (7 minutes).
Tuesday 28 February
12:00 noon: Complimentary lunch
12:45- 13:45: Screening of films
Weymouth House 240 & 241
Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University
A screening of the short film Rufus Stone is open to BU students, staff, the public and takes place on Tuesday 28 February at 12:45 in our Hollywood-style Screening Room on BU’s Talbot Campus. Complimentary lunch will be available beforehand from 12 noon. You must register to attend at: email@example.com
Rufus Stone stars William Gaunt, familiar to many from his appearances in the TV sitcom, No Place Like Home and Elle Magazine’s ‘Star in the Making’ Harry Kershaw, both playing Rufus at different periods in his life story.
There will be time for discussion following the screening of the films with
Dr Kip Jones Executive Producer, Reader in Qualitative Research, HSC and a behind the scenes look at The Making of Rufus Stone with Trevor Hearing, The Media School.
As featured in The New York Times during its world premiere in 2011, Rufus Stone is a film which draws its story from three years of in-depth research to give an account of being gay and growing older in the British countryside. The film is now available for wider audiences to enjoy in Dorset and Hampshire as part of BU’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History month, celebrating the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.
Rufus Stone is an innovative approach to a research three-year research project, ‘Gay and Pleasant Land?’ led by BU academic, Dr Kip Jones. The project, about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales, is a work package in the UK-wide New Dynamics of Ageing Project ‘Grey and Pleasant Land?: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society’, funded by Research Councils UK.
Directed by award-winning Josh Appignanesi and produced by Parkville Pictures, the stories which form the foundation of the script for Rufus Stone are entirely based upon research undertaken by Dr Jones and his team from BU’s School of Health and Social Care (HSC) with the assistance of a citizens’ advisory committee. The film’s ‘fictional’ story was created over time using composite characters and situations, all uncovered in the ‘Gay and Pleasant Land?’ research project, through in-depth biographic life story interviews, focus groups, and actual site visits to the rural locations where older gay or lesbian citizens were living.
“Our hope is that the film will dispel many of the myths surrounding ageing, being gay and life in British rural settings,” said Jones, in his role as Executive Producer of Rufus Stone. “The film renders poetically the way in which our memories morph and play with our histories, much as dappled sunlight reveals, then conceals, an idyllic landscape”.
BU has staged the world premiere of a new film which draws its story from three years of in-depth research to give an account of being gay and growing older in the British countryside. An audience of nearly two hundred walked the red carpet to the screening and gala reception in Kimmeridge House on 16 November. The premiere was attended by academics, the film’s cast and crew members, the research project’s Advisory Committee and interviewees, all who were joined by a range of citizens of varying age and sexual preference.
Rufus Stone, the movie, is the key output of the three-year ‘Gay and Pleasant Land?’ research project led by BU academic, Dr Kip Jones. The project, about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales, is a work package in the UK-wide New Dynamics of Ageing Project “Grey and Pleasant Land? : An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society”. The projects are funded by Research Councils UK and the film was produced by Parkville Pictures.
The stories which form the foundation of the script for Rufus Stone are entirely based upon research undertaken by Dr Jones and his team from BU’s School of Health and Social Care with the assistance of a citizens’ Advisory Committee. The film’s ‘fictional’ story was created over time using composite characters and situations, all uncovered in the ‘Gay and Pleasant Land? Research Project’, through in-depth biographic life story interviews, focus groups, and actual site visits to the rural locations where older gay or lesbian citizens were living.
Kip Jones says that conversations (rather than formal ‘meetings’) were carried out by the Project’s researchers and advisers, sifting over the materials and stories, putting forth possible plot lines, twists and turns, and developing the main characters whilst constantly shuttling back and forth to and from the research data.
Kip Jones hoped that by engaging the prolific and award-winning Josh Appignanesi as the film’s director that the film and the results of this in-depth research would have even greater impact on a much wider audience.
“Our hope is that the film will dispel many of the myths surrounding ageing, being gay and life in British rural settings,” said Kip Jones, in his role as Executive Producer of Rufus Stone. “The film renders poetically the way in which our memories morph and play with our histories, much as dappled sunlight reveals, then conceals, an idyllic landscape.
“The trail that we leave is the really important aspect of this project and it’s important, especially in a new field where you are using new methods, to transpose research into something else which can be made more accessible to a much wider audience,” Kip Jones continued. “The ‘documents’ of this work, the finished product, are not simply written journal articles or book chapters or even a full book, but the film itself which is the most tangible and important output that we can achieve.”
The story within Rufus Stone dramatises both old and continuing prejudices of village life from three main perspectives. Chiefly it is the story of Rufus, an ‘out’ older gay man who was exiled from his village as a youth and who years later reluctantly returns from London to sell his dead parents’ cottage. In doing this, he is forced to confront the faces of his estranged past. Of these, Abigail is the tattletale who ‘outed’ Rufus 50 years ago when he spurned her interest. Flip, the boy Rufus adored, has also stayed in the village: a life wasted in near celibacy and denial who is looking after his elderly mother. But Rufus too isn’t whole, saddled with an inability to return or forgive.
The film’s four main characters – Rufus and Flip as both younger and older men – are seamlessly woven in and out of the film with great dramatic effect drawing the viewer in to engage in their youthful exuberance versus their despair at the consequences of age and prejudice.
“The film is a kind of Garden of Eden ‘fall of man’ narrative,” said Appignanesi. “The two main characters, Rufus and Flip, are blissfully unaware and innocent in their joy together in Dorset in the 1950s.
“Growing up, they start to have some feelings for each other that they don’t have a reference for but they’re real and rather pure,” he continued. “Then the gossips start talking and it’s oblivion: exile for Rufus, until 50 years later when he comes back as a 70-something year old man forced to revisit the home in which he grew up but he hasn’t been back to for years where he encounters the old faces.”
Actor William Gaunt, who plays the aged Rufus, sees the film as a “sad and touching story but also one that talks about the relationship between age, about what it’s like to fall in love when you’re very young and how long that remains with you.
“From the research that was done into this subject and the stories that grew out of this research, it has an authenticity,” Gaunt said. “You feel that when you read the script and in a way, it could only happen in a rural situation. It’s one of the downsides of life in a village community.”
One member of the audience at the premiere, who wishes to remain anonymous, sums up his reaction to the film’s potential impact: “To say that Rufus Stone is moving is truly accurate, further, to say that its interplay between the two young lovers and their dramatic reunion when much older, is innovative and very effective is likewise very true too.
“This is an exceptional short film because of its length and the immediacy of the messages it conveys to both oppressed and victimisers. I really feel most strongly that … it could and should play a unique and ground-breaking role in terms of LGBT anti-discrimination educational work at colleges, schools, and especially with internal distribution to UK public services organisations.”
A second screening of Rufus Stone will take place on the Lansdowne campus in the near future – we’ll announced the date and location on the blog shortly!
This is an excellent example of producing a media output as a means of communicating research findings with the public in an interesting and exciting way. BU will be doing much more of this activity in future so if you’re interested and would like to get involved then contact the RDU!