When I read Aidan Smith's guide book about Henri Bosdet, I felt angry and let down that so little is being done to recognise and celebrate 'Jersey' and all the exceptional people it has produced through the many millennia of its history. Our education system failed to tell us anything about the rich language, culture and history of the Island, and woefully continues to fail in this regard, at a time when other countries are celebrating and reviving their indigenous languages, cultures and pride.
Even though our parish churches are filled with Bosdet’s magnificent architectural works, here we have a world class artist failing to get the recognition he deserves. To address this cultural bias in some measure, I decided to make a documentary about his life, which also reflected the unique quality of Jersey. Being Jérri, Bosdet’s first language was Jèrriais and I was keen to include a sample of this language too.
I linked up with fellow Islander Mark Jones, (with whom I'd been at Hautlieu school) and we made Bosdet: The Man Behind the Glass Window. Daniel Edwards, Charles Mauleverer and Paul Hammarsal, all brought up in Jersey, kindly worked with us on editing and sound, provided the musical score and production support. Steven Walton did the art work and website for us.
The film was shot in three countries, Jersey, England and France, over a period of eight months in 2009. We were grateful of the support we received from: The Glass Rainbow Trust, Jersey Heritage, Victoria College and the Socéité Jersiaise and all those who were voluntarily involved. It had several sell out screenings in Jersey in 2009 and has screened at four film festivals.
Maya Hammarsal, co-producer, director and writer of Bosdet: The Man Behind the Glass Window.