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FROSTED GLASS

Frosted Glass is an independent feature written by Anthony Fairweather, an award-winning poet and performance artist, whose poetry helped psychiatrist Dr Sheila Dawson (NHS Leicestershire) diagnose him with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 26. 

The film takes true events as it's source matertial and is designed to tell a story of that which is all around us, but seldom discussed: the experience of living with Asperger’s Syndrome, the stigma of mental illness and the discrimination that many people on the autistic spectrum face in everyday life.

The project is seeking further investment, to secure the final tranche of funding to take the film through post-production and beyond.

A WORD FROM OUR WRITER - ANTHONY FAIRWEATHER

The film’s primary aim is to raise awareness of not only Asperger’s Syndrome but also educate people about mental health issues more generally.
No one could explain why this film is so vitally important better than its Writer Anthony:

 “A quarter of us will have to live with a mental health condition at some point in our lives. The condition I live with is Asperger's Syndrome. Asperger's is a form of Autism that has been described as 'looking at the world through a frosted glass window’; hence the title of our film. One of the inherent problems with conditions like Asperger’s Syndrome is that there can be few discernible physical signs. This is one of the contributory causes to the misunderstanding and stigma people with mental health conditions often face.

I have been lucky: I have managed to come through many adversaries and been handed opportunities that many people never receive. There are still many who suffer in silence and feel isolated and alone. I believe that if people are presented with a visual representation of the effect of mental health conditions, they will be able to better understand and support these vulnerable and indeed, extremely valuable members of society.

At my very lowest I started writing poetry, describing how I felt. It didn't make be happy, but certainly happier. Some of the poems that I have written are performed in the film. Through words and semi-surreal imagery I believe I can show it for what it is really like to experience this, and then we can all understand it better..."

The problem can be best summed up this extract of an interview given by Spike Milligan  Anthony Clare:

AC - “You're like so many people who suffer, you must get very irritated with people who say 'Snap out of it'.”

SM - “That's silly...it's like going round with a broken leg - being told 'Come on, walk, you'll be alright'.”

AC - Why is it so difficult to describe?

SM - “It's invisible, there's no written diagrams. It's an abstract, it's a sensation...”

- Spike Milligan

Of all the post war writers and comics, Spike Milligan is acknowlwdged as one of the greatest. He suffered with severe mental conditions for most of his life.

A FINAL THOUGHT...

One quarter of us will live with such conditions during our lives, and yet the stigma and misunderstanding leads this quarter remaining in a hidden quarter.

So...

Welcome to the Hidden Quarter
Of tragedy and farce
Welcome to the Hidden Quarter
Beyond the Frosted Glass...

Looking in from outside
The view seems rather blurred
But in all it looks quite normal
And I would have concurred

If I had not lived there
From the time that I was born
Enduring playground ridicule
And thence the teenage scorn

And so to grown up prejudice
From those taught not to judge
And even with the truth explained
Stood firm and wouldn't budge.

But plain and simple ignorance,
That was their only crime,
They didn't know the Hidden Quarter,
Though it's there all the time,

But now here is a guided tour
Of a small part of that land
There's darkness there and some despair
But the route is carefully planned,

For there's also light and quiet power
That's hidden in each nook
You may not know when it's coming
But always know to look.

You may not even notice it
When it shines right in your eyes
But gives it's comfort later on
When you've seen through it's disguise.

So welcome to the Hidden Quarter
Of tragedy and farce,
Welcome to the Hidden Quarter,
Beyond the Frosted Glass.

Welcome to the Hidden Quarter,

Come, I hold the key
To a world of which you've always known,
Yet oh-so seldom see.

- Anthony Fairweather
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We have now completed the filming of FROSTED GLASS and are moving into the phase of editing, post-production and publicity. It's all very exciting. The team have been absolutely wonderful and I would like to extend the biggest possible thanks to them all.

I would also like to thank everyone for their donations and also the following who have recently contributed:

Amanda and John Edwards, Chris Floyd, Claire Rigby, Hilary Davies, Claire Homer, Cipa Allum, Fiona Sanders, Maggie Poppa, Susie Smith, Sheila Dawson, Lindy and John Dowbiggin, David Hutchinson, Geoff McLaurin, Andy Sears and Karen Budgen.

Here a short video montage of the filming process, I hope you enjoy it.

We will be keeping the gofundme campaign going to raise money for the costs of editing, publicity and entering the film for festivals so any shares of this post would be gratefully appreciated.

Many thanks and very best wishes,
Anthony
Frosted Glass Montage
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Wow! What a manic last few days it has been! Many many many many thanks to everyone who has donated over the last few days, it will make all the difference to the film.

Filming has been going on for 5 days now and has been going very smoothly. Everyone on set has done a huge amount to make it fly.

For anyone who would has donated and would like to be an extra in the film, we are filming a scene on Bank Holiday Monday evening (18.30-21.30) at the Festival Pub, Chrisp Street Market, All Saints, E14. Here are the details:

https://m.facebook.com/home.php?soft=jewel%3D1&__user=100000173665722#!/events/1738669826379707?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A3%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&aref=3&ref=m_notif&notif_t=like

Thankyou to everyone who has helped us so far. I hope you all have a great weekend ahead.

Very Best Wishes,

Anthony
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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend. First I would like to say a big thank Lucy Harry, Natasha Rowe, Serena Harding and Dan Newman for their donations this week, as a result of which we are now up to £1700.

The next (and just as important) big round of thank yous goes to the people who have done so much to help organise the fundraising gigs we have planned for this week: To Dean Stalham and Carlotta Allum of Stretch New Media who we are making the film for pulling out all the stops for the London gig (and inventing a new 'Frosted Glass' cocktail especially for it!) along with my fellow performers Alain English, Andy Mirror and Jason Why for all the plugging they have done. Also I must the wonderful Graeme Sandford and Ricky Tart for all their work for the Southampton show, and of course Bik and Jani at the Art House for allowing us the use of the venue on Saturday 7th May. I more or less started my regular performing career through the open mic events that the Art House so it means a great deal to me that they are helping us now. If you are in the Southampton area (or even if you aren't) the Art House is a wonderful venue, go to https://thearthousesouthampton.org/ to find out more about them and the wonderful work they do.

The Knights of Asperger's fundraising gigs are drawing near now and we want to make them the biggest success possible so your likes, shares and support are more important than ever just now. Many many thanks for everything so far. It will be lovely to see you at either (or both) of the the gigs!

Here is a reminder of the details (flyers attached):

London Gig -

Date - Thursday May 5th
Time - 8pm - 10pm
Place - Dean's Pad, 58 Market Square, London, E14 6BU

Nearest Station - All Saints DLR (5 min walk)

Southampton Gig:

Date - Saturday May 7th
Time - 8pm - 10pm
Place - The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW

Finally, on this Bank Holiday I will leave you with some inspiring stories from people with Asperger's who have managed to overcome the perennial employment problem that so many of us face. It is incredibly disheartening to get regularly turned down for employment because of who you are, but these stories prove that it can be overcome, and one of the intentions of making this film is to prove it further, and assist if further.

For my part, I have had more job interviews than I care to recall, and have succeeded in getting a job off a 'cold' interview a grand total of once. Every other time there has been something else in the background helping, e.g. I was offered a job by a friend, that kind of thing.

The line that has proved most successful for me is signing on with a temping agency and eventually landing a permanent job with one of the company that that was using me through the agency. The difference was that this way I was able to prove to them that I could do the job well before they took me on, and that can make the vital to people like us:

https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/5-inspiring-success-stories-people-autism-finding-employment

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thank you all for your continued support,

Anthony
The Knight's of Asperger's Gigs
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Hello All,

Preparations are well and truly underway for the Knights of Asperger's fundraising gigs coming up soon in London (Thursday 5th May) and Southampton (Saturday 7th May)

Here are the details for the London gig:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1059590577433359/

...and for the Southampton gig:

https://www.facebook.com/events/227524960940998/

Please please spread the word about these gigs as much as you can so we can get a good an attendance as possible. It is not just about raising money but also about having a great night out!

When it comes to shares, if you know anyone who does any work with mental health charities (like Mind) or Autistic charities (such as The National Autistic Society and Autistic UK) please make a special effort to share it with them as they have the people, networks and resources to help us make the biggest possible success of this project.

Your continued help is greatly appreciated by me and everyone on our team.

Very best wishes,

Anthony
Details for both Gigs - PLEASE SHARE!!!
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