My Favourite Things – preserve your lockdown learning in film

‘My Favourite Things’ is an international film collaboration project aiming to capture what people might want to remember about recent events. Amidst the COVID-19 tragedy, it’s sometimes been difficult to see the positive as the country has gone through this unprecedented lock down period. The positive might include cleaner air, recognition for the medical and caring professions and the return of nature, in places. It’s been a time to reassess priorities, spend time with the family and rediscover old pastimes.

Although predicted for decades, the virus managed to take the world by surprise, mighty governments behaving like rabbits caught in the headlights, their indecision exacerbating the situation. But at a community level there have been memorable moments: balcony musical performances; ageing athletes running circles in their gardens; shared moments through the window; online quiz nights with friends and much more. So, what will people want to hold onto?

My Favourite Things is built around the immortal musical The Sound of Music.

Raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens,

Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens,

Brown paper packages tied up with string…

Project leader, Buzz Bury says:

‘During this difficult time for so many people there have still been moments when the light has got in, lifting people’s spirits and providing hope. Now there is a pressure to rush back to ‘normal service’; this project wants to stop, reflect and capture what we want to keep from the experience, the possible catalysts for the new status quo. We are hoping My Favourite Things will do just that.’ Buzz Bury (UK) – Artist, International Trainer, Educator – Project Producer and Director.

Project Film Editor, Vitaly Volodchenko (UA) supports this;

 ‘It has been a period where so many people’s lives have changed; this project will highlight the positive changes. I want people’s contributions to inspire others and be a portal for gratitude and an opportunity to value what really makes them happy.’


Blackpool musician and composer, Adam Simpson, will write the film’s soundtrack.

So, what things have helped you to deal with this time of pestilence? What things will you want to hold on to from the COVID experience and get them on video?

Next Steps:

To join this exciting project, register by emailing – [email protected]with your name, profession, location (town, country etc) and send us a list of three things you want to keep and hold on to from the recent experience and why this is so.

On confirmation you’ll be asked to provide the project with a photo image, poster, short video clip, animation or other material that captures your thoughts.

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    I have worked in the housing and transport professions for several local authorities, specialising in policy, strategy preparation and bid writing. Having always had an interest in film, the visual arts in general, theatre, music and lterature, I thought it would be good to combine the writing experience with these interests to contribute to altBlackpool. In addition to writing, my hobbies include watercolour and pastel painting, photography, woodwork, cycling and vegetable gardening.

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