5 July 2012
Chris Tally-Evans, Unlimited commission 'Turning Points' explores the moment when people's lives change forever. Sara Mackay reviews the film, which showed at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on 27 June and will be part of the festival at the Southbank Centre, London, in September.
Digital story telling makes a great format for the stories highlighted in Turning Points. Chris Tally Evans has gathered over 100 stories in digital format from people all over the UK, focusing on a significant turning point in their lives.
Everyone has a story to tell and many of us can probably think of ‘that moment’ that made us see things differently, maybe changing our lives for ever. Most of our stories just never get told, but Chris has given people that chance.
The six stories told in the Turning Points evening at Chapter Arts Centre were fascinating. The film is beautifully presented and very good to watch; I loved how it showed the wonderful Welsh countryside to best effect. The stories are quirky and unexpected, bringing home just how diverse and interesting peoples’ lives are.
I especially enjoyed dancer Lyn Street’s poignant story about the pretty dress she wore for a disastrous date, and how she determined from that moment on never to be anyone’s second best. Also interesting, and really quite magical was Goff Morgan’s audio story about losing his faith. This was beautifully told as we sat in the dark, listening, with tiny lights twinkling overhead in the cinema. The stories were very well interwoven, every one quite different but joined together so that that they all worked as a whole.
To me, Chris’ film pinpointed something almost elusive and fabulous about our society. One of the great things about Turning Points is that the storytellers are a great mix of people; disabled and non-disabled, the famous and the lad-next-door; we all have our stories and look, this is just a tiny example. It leaves us wanting more, which makes for good entertainment.
Also, and almost by-the-way, it makes the point which sadly still needs making; disabled people are interesting too. We have our stories, which are just as valid, joyful, complex, amazing as anyone elses.
Everything at the Turning Points evening was accessible; Cinema 2 at Chapter is wheelchair accessible as well as being a very comfortable venue. The film was subtitled too, which is a real plus. Chris’s introduction at the start was well worth hearing; as always he was funny and eloquent, as befits the best storytellers.
You can see Turning Points at the Southbank Centre in London 31st August - 9th September. If you enjoy stories and storytelling, don’t miss it.
'Turning Points' is an Unlimited commission, part of the London 2012 Festival to be shown at the Southbank Centre, London from 31 August - 9 September