Pensioners prove age is no barrier to living a full life

Pat Pern. Picture by Amanda Jobson
Pat Pern. Picture by Amanda Jobson

A GROUP of pensioners have banded together to produce a film smashing the myths surrounding old age.

Pat Pern, Francesca Inskip, Rita Dorrity, Kay Savage, Catherine Hadley and Beryl Franks, who are all aged in their 80s and 90s, made Extraordinary Times, a community documentary about women their age.

The aim is to challenge current attitudes and misconceptions to ageing and that not all those in their 80s and 90s are inactive.

The idea for the film came about when Su Warren met an inspirational neighbour in her 90s and became passionate about the importance of seeing the positives of ageing.

Su, who directed and produced the film, said: “The resulting film explores six women’s stories from the past and the richness of their lives today. These wonderful women were keen to prove that life is to be lived to the full at any age.

“Each give a positive image of ageing and all have a lovely outlook on life.

“The film will premier at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery for the starring women, their families and everyone else who has made it possible on Sunday (September 22) but will be available for the public to view free at the Jerwood Gallery on Tuesday, October 1 between 4.15pm and 8pm.

“The film will be shown in the studio which can seat up to 35 people, it lasts for approximately 30 minutes and will run on a continuous loop.

“For those unable to make it to the gallery we are giving away free DVDs of the film to local clubs, organisations and individuals. If you would like a copy or are interested in showing the film to your local group do get in touch.

“We’ll be posting regular updates about the film’s release and photographs on our Facebook page or email”

Extraordinary Times was made through generous support of its sponsors, local organisations, businesses and individuals, and a team of people who volunteered their time and skills to make it, namely Sin Bozkurt, Sineid Codd, Alex Corder, Amanda Jobson, Tracy Jones, and Mauricio Vincenzi. The documentary was sponsored by The Isabel Blackman Foundation, Hastings Borough Council Seniors Small Grants and The Hastings Lions Club.