The short, professionally made film Rufus Stone is the key output of the three-year ‘Gay and Pleasant Land?’ research project led by Bournemouth University academic, Dr Kip Jones. The stories that form the foundation of the script for Rufus Stone are entirely based upon research undertaken by Jones and his team from the University’s School of Health and Social Care with the assistance of a citizens’ Advisory Committee.
Rufus Stone, was directed by Josh Appignanesi (The Infidel) and produced by Parkville Pictures, London, and won two awards at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival in August, 2012. It is currently making the conference and film festival rounds and negotiation for distribution is taking place.
Jones and Hearing’s conversation below about making Rufus Stone will be expanded upon in a chapter in a forthcoming book edited by Marilyn Lichtman, Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences, to be published by Sage in 2013.
Kip Jones is Reader in Qualitative Research and Performative Social Science at Bournemouth University in the UK. He has spent more than ten years developing the use of tools from the arts and humanities to research and/or disseminate social science knowledge, or a Performative Social Science.
Trevor Hearing leads television and film production studies at Bournemouth’s Media School, and has years of experience working in the television industry as a documentary filmmaker. Kip and Trevor have worked on many joint projects, including documenting the filming of Rufus Stone and producing a trailer for it.
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