Define progress. The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” (Good reads, George Bernard Shaw). At times I feel as if I’m being the unreasonable man. By demanding such a great deal from our project ’22 Years later’ and the subjects involved. This sort of film requires a particular amount of patience and care. Perhaps the type of patience and care we can no longer afford due to certain time constraints which weigh way above our heads. Like many of Shaw’s plays our topic and case study harbours an abundance of social issues which we aim to tackle. For example black on black crime, urban society, and injustice.
In the last two months we have been attempting to meet up with the family and friends of the late ‘Afo’ in the aim to build a decent rapport with them before shooting. In the last two weeks we have been in limbo about scrapping the entire documentary due to a lack of communication between us and the brother Yomi and a flurry of other failings on his part. After speaking to our lecturers about the entire situation we are leaning more towards our contingency plan, ultimately putting ’22 Years Later’ on pause. Which is a shame as we have worked so hard on this project thus far.
Adewale Shittu the producer from ’22 Years later’ visited Yomi and his brothers for the first time last saturday. We managed to get a few voice recordings and pictures of the siblings which does go some way in proving the families intent, but unfortunately efforts are very late and unconvincing. Yomi has continuously failed to deliver on his tasks set during the weeks which makes it hard for us to progress as we are always waiting for him for our next move. His intentions are pure, but his results do not correlate. My biggest regret is not demanding the contact details of the other siblings. This would’ve prevented us from having one gate keeper which could potentially and has let us down. Not only is the communication between us and the family flawed, it is also slow and unproductive. This along with the other key factor of the uncle wanting to control the entire creative process of the production makes this project almost impractical. The team and I will be having a meeting on tuesday where we will make our final decision on whether to continue or not. Barring a miracle it seems like this project will be put on hold. So back to my initial statement. Define progress. Even though the producer met up with all the brothers for the first time last week, does this signify progress? Not in my eyes. Even though many could argue it is. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world in which he resides in. I will be the reasonable man on this occasion and adapt.
Here is one of the recordings gathered on saturday by the producer. It is from Segun one of Afo’s younger brothers.
Pygmalion and Lady, M.F. (2016) George Bernard Shaw quotes (author of Pygmalion). Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5217.George_Bernard_Shaw (Accessed: 4 March 2016).