Josh Appignanesi, London-based filmmaker, script writer and director, has been chosen to direct a short film based in three years of research at Bournemouth University. The film, Rufus Stone, will tell the story of being gay and growing older in the British countryside.
Appignanesi recently directed and script edited the comedy feature film, The Infidel, written by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili and Richard Schiff, was released internationally in Spring 2010. He has written and directed several short films, most notably Ex Memoria (2006) which stars Nathalie Press and Sara Kestelman in a study of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease, funded by the Wellcome Trust; and Nine 1/2 Minutes (2003), a romantic comedy starring David Tennant.
Rufus Stone is to be produced as the key output of the three-year research project, “Gay and Pleasant Land? -a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales “. The Project is a work package in the New Dynamics of Ageing Project, “Grey and Pleasant Land?: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society” and funded by the British Research Councils.
Dr Kip Jones, Reader at the School of Health & Social Care and the Media School, who is the project’s Lead Investigator and Executive Director of Rufus Stone said, ‘We are very fortunate to secure Appignanesi’s involvement in this important output resulting from our three year’s of research efforts. Our hope is that the film will dispel many of the myths surrounding ageing, being gay and life in British rural settings. By engaging Appignanesi, the film and the results of this important, in-depth research will have significant impact on a wide variety of audiences’.