Past work & projects

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A Journey with Sol


Documentary short  (São Paulo, 2022)

There are a number of existing stereotypes regarding female truck drivers in Brazil, and the road is often seen as a place presenting risks that women are not apt to confront.

 

The aim of this film is to represent a female truck driver in a way that challenges these stereotypes. It aims to show that qualities of self-confidence, courage, independence, physical strength and resilience, often associated with men, can be apparent in any human being regardless of gender.

 

Sol is neither glamourised nor portrayed as an exceptional woman. She is a woman with children and a home life, and inspiring since she has achieved independence against all odds. This has taken courage and strength.

DIRECTED BY JULIA MAY

© Julia May Morrissy-Swan

Currently in post-production

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Trilogy in Prisons

Documentary Short  (Wakefield, 2020)

A video recording of The Tempest with an all women cast, set in a prison, was taken back into HMP New Hall, the high security women's prison where it was originally developed.

 

Through a drama therapy workshop, it was used to inspire women to engage with the play's themes and characters, helping them to overcome feelings such as trauma, abandonment and shame, as well as mental health issues. The documentary recounts this process.

PCL PRODUCTIONS

THE PRISON PARTNERSHIP PROJECT

TEA FILMS

DIRECTOR - PHYLLIDA LLOYD

PRODUCER - KATE PAKENHAM

DOP - JULIA MAY

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Cartonera Publishing

Documentary Short  (London, 2019)

Cartonera is a social, political and artistic publishing movement that began in Argentina in 2003 and has since spread to countries throughout Latin America and, more recently, to Europe and Africa giving voice to marginalised communities through literature. 

The film brings together the events of the London Cartonera Book Festival in 2019 with the story of cartonera publishers and the Activating the Arts project for international development in Latin America.

ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

DURHAM UNIVERSITY

DIRECTOR & DOP - JULIA MAY

PRODUCERS - ALEX FLYNN, LUCY BELL