In summer 2007, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development wanted to ring-fence DFID funding if and when his party came to power. So to inform supporters and spread enthusiasm, he led a bunch of MPs, PPCs, researchers and other supporters on a 2-week trip to Rwanda.
Some of them did useful work, some hung out at relevant ministries and followed up with practical support, some just experienced a couple of days or weeks somewhere they'd never normally go.
25 years old now, shot with the PNG Police U-matic video team after my Hi-8 camera was stolen.
We distributed hundreds of VHS copies across the schools, churches and market video-shacks of PNG to share these stories of what really happens when a logging company comes to your village with a great-looking deal.
It raised a lot of interest, and the best compliment was when pirate tapes started appearing...
VSO biology teacher Keith Harris conceived the project and brought me in as producer/director.
Leonie Kanawi proved to be an implacable interviewer (stirred by forest loss on her home island of Manus).
The fine camerawork and editing are courtesy of Ralai 'Roger' Ralai and Luke Gembol. Sound recordist Mandi Wandua actually was a serving policeman and had to be dissuaded from wearing his uniform on location - but we couldn't borrow the equipment without him and his gun.
It's a long story ... but tragically the logging continues.
Two children at the same school in rural Tanzania compare their lives - Iddi at the roadside cafe, Esther at the cattle camp a few miles away - and wonder about the UK children watching them.
30 min., Walking Pictures for FARM Africa, 2005
Production team in Tanzania: