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All Change for Ashford film to be opened by Mayor of Ashford

Published: 01/02/2023
Ashford International Station

All Change for Ashford is a short film about the lives of railway workers, commuters and their families during the pandemic; looking at their fears, struggles and hopes for the future.

Filmed by Max Philo and George Dersley of Ashford’s Modus Film, and produced and edited by The Company, the film centres around interview footage with local Ashford residents and rail workers, filmed in the summer of 2021. The music soundtrack was specially commissioned for the film, composed and performed by the father and son duo of Roger and Mike Simmonds.

The waiting room on the platform of the Marshlink line has been beautifully re-fitted, with upcycled old style train seating, thanks to the tireless efforts of Southeastern’s station staff - the community champions Josh Mears, Alan Napier and Estelle Waters. This waiting room is now ready for the grand opening of the All Change for Ashford film on Thursday 26 January at 3pm by the Mayor of the Borough of Ashford, Councillor Jenny Webb. The film will continue to be shown, on a loop, in the waiting room for rail users to enjoy, for the next three months.

The All Change for Ashford film is part of the wider community project which included the successful sell out of performances of the play All Change for Ashford in Ashford town centre last spring. Funding for this project came from Arts Council England, Ashford Borough Council, John Booth Foundation, Community Rail Network, Keltbray Foundation, Kent Community Foundation and Southeast Communities Rail Partnership.  The project could not have taken place without the support of Ashford International Station.

For more information contact:
Stephen Israel, joint artistic director of The Company

E:  stephen@thecompanyuk.com
W:  www.thecompanyuk.com