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Nola Gaardmand’s  film ‘Home for the Golden Gays’ is selected to show at  GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 Film events.  GFEST 2011 Short Film Screenings will take place at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY on Tues 8 / Wed 9 / Thus 10 Nov at 7.15 pm / Box Office: 020 74943654 /

We asked Nola about her take on her film, her work and creativity in general.

Nola Grace Gaardmand

How do you see your own art or work?

I don’t really see my self as an artist. I work at a newspaper, and ‘Home for the Golden Gays (HFGG)’ is actually my first documentary. But for me, whether it’s in the daily newspaper or on film, I always try to make my readers/viewers actually identify with the ‘characters’.

How would you describe the style of your filmmaking?

I definitely take my so-called rational way of thinking from journalism with me in this documentary. Every day I try to tell rather complex stories in the most understandable way possible for my readers, and with HFGG I wanted to do the same. No fancy optical or narrative tricks, just keep it simple, and let the story speak for it’s self.

Are there any external factors that help you creatively?

What I love about journalism/documentarism is that the real world is so colourful, strange and mind-blowing – there is an ocean of amazing stories just waiting to be told. I always keep my eye out for interesting places or people.

How do you look at reinventing yourself or reflect progression in your work?

I don’t really think about that very much – I always just think, if it’s a story I would want to hear more about my self, there must be others, that would find it interesting as well. It has to touch me in some way – if it does, it’s usually home-safe.
What are the most important themes and elements that feed into your creativity?

I am very interested in telling stories about things that are some-what taboo. Which is why I often end up with stories about sexuality, gender, body-identities, etc: the secrecy evolving HIV, children’s early sexual games, black women’s shame of their natural hair, are just a few examples. When it makes me a bit uncomfortable, I know I’m doing something right for my readers/viewers.

Can you describe the creative process behind the work and how it works for you?

I usually think: how can I tell this story as simple as possible? I want my readers/viewers to be left with a feeling of having gotten close to the ‘characters’, and for me the easiest way is to let the characters speak for them selves. Nothing fancy, just up close and personal: what’s your story? Usually it’s more than enough.

How would you like yourself or your work to be known?

I want my journalism to make people recognize aspects in them selves – no matter how far-out the story. I want to find the universal emotions and issues in all stories. HFGG for example, is just as much a story about the fear of being abandoned, as it is a story about elderly gay men in Manila. I think the way to actually break down prejudices, is to make people recognize a part of them selves in other people, they usually would perceive as abnormal.

Any single wish?

World peace? Oh yeah, and to marry Obama once Michelle is done with him.

Thank you Nola for your response and best wishes from GFEST team.

For more information on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 please contact: Subodh Rathod, Wise Thoughts / GFEST – Gaywise FESTival
Tel: 020 8889 9555 /


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