Want my job?...with David Parker

The Oska Bright Film Festival started today in Brighton. The festival showcases films from filmmakers and artists with learning disabilities and is run by Carousel, the UK organisation who create opportunities for learning disabled artists.

Want my job?...with David Parker

What is your current job title?

I am Senior Producer – Film and Digital Media for Carousel.

When did you know that you wanted to get into film production? Was this always something you wanted to do?

When I was 15 or 16 I didn't think much beyond the week ahead! I studied Sculpture at University, then I got into writing and performing music until my mid-twenties and then I started to come back towards photography, animation and eventually film.

When did you begin work with Carousel?

I started working with Carousel in May 2012.

What is the most enjoyable thing about working with Carousel?

Anything is possible – everything is to play for. We have such an abundance of talent and ambition and the world needs to know. I suppose I enjoy the fight.

What is the biggest challenge in your work?

See above!

How do you think the arts could improve the diversity of their offerings in this area?

I think the arts broadly speaking has embraced diversity, but when you look at broadcast media, particularly film and TV that is served up to people on a daily basis – there's a long way to go. We need more true voices of diverse people in film, TV and music, it's a powerful medium that has the power to shape what people think and feel.

And finally, what advice would give to anyone who was looking to get involved in learning disability arts?

It's an exciting time for learning disability arts, and a precarious one too. Get some understanding and experience of learning disability, build a support network, go and see what is out there, learn from existing organisations and ways of working – then do your own thing. Oh - and come to the Oska Bright Film Festival!


Want to know what it takes to be a producer? Check out the Creative Choices, the arts careers website, and the profile here

Oska Bright Film Festival is running 9-11 November in Brighton. carousel.org.uk/events/oska-bright-film-festival-2015/

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