Frances Harper is charming and delightful; butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.
But don’t be fooled: here is a woman of steely resolve who has managed, against the odds, to make films about prostitutes and drug addicts, blag her way into secretive company headquarters, make reluctant interviewees positively talkative…and get it all broadcast on national television. I wouldn’t like to bet against her succeeding when she’s made up her mind to embark on a documentary project!
“I have been visiting Southwold for about forty-five years and love it as much now as then. Now, my children take their children and we all love it. So, I was very happy to meet Frances Harper and narrate her film. But don’t tell everyone about Southwold!”
A candid, unsettling documentary that looks at the difficulties faced by two families with drug-addicted sons; it’s seen mainly from the mothers’ point of view. The families come from very different backgrounds but the pain and destruction they face are no different, each bailing their sons out of hospital or police station before finding that there is no end to the cycle of stealing, abuse and crime. In one case the situation became so bad that a mother had to put her sone into care.
You brought us one of the most impressive access docs!
Frances is always bursting with interesting ideas for television, especially about the modern world. She is brilliant with people and can charm the birds out of the trees. She is also resourceful, fearless, and never takes no for an answer! We worked happily together on a genuinely pioneering film for Sky TV My Son, Drugs and Me, entirely Frances's brainchild.
It was like inviting a burglar to live with you,” is how one mother from an affluent, leafy suburb of South London describes living with her eldest son, who was in the grip of a dependency on skunk that caused him to steal from his family to fund his habit. This cautionary film follows two families over the course of three years, with a focus on how drugs ruined the relationship between mother and son.
Two mothers who watched their teenage sons slip into a destructive cycle of drugs and crime share their experiences, recalling the aggressive behaviour and deceit that almost destroyed their respective families.
Debra’s son William enjoyed all the trappings of his middle-class upbringing, but despite his secure background, by his late teens he was living in squats and stealing to fund his ‘psychological addiction’ to cannabis skunk, turning his family into ‘the enemy’.
Life didn’t start off well for Chris, whose single mother Linda struggled to bring him up after the death of his father. Estranged for many years due to Chris’s heroin addiction, the pair are trying to mend their relationship, but the bad memories linger.
A very determined woman!
Southwold~Having a Wonderful time! – SUFFOLK DOCUMENTARY MAKER REALISES HER DREAM
Chorus of approval for ‘gem of a film’ celebrating Suffolk coastal resort.
I am so pleased I had the opportunity to mention you and absolutely credit where credit is due, you are tireless with your introductions and connections and super thoughtful ......and so many benefit from it.
I’ve known Frances as a very friendly neighbour over several years. It was only recently I discovered her talent as brilliant presenter/ interviewee. Frances suggested my business would benefit from some video testimonials. I took this on board and with Frances’ help we now have a number of very good case studies on our website and we plan many more. Frances has empathy in abundance and is excellent at asking good questions, engaging with her subjects in a friendly and approachable manner.