Behind the Scenes of CALLING HOME: The Film the British Government Doesn't Want You to See with Jade Jackman

Calling Home [full short film]

Calling Home is a revelatory short film that brilliantly executes the harrowing effects of indefinite detention at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire, England. One of the most controversial holding centers in The United Kingdom with a population of over 400 people, majority women, placed there not because they have committed criminal offences but to facilitate immigration claims. In its four minute run time, Calling Home paints a portrait of alienation for female asylum seekers inside Yarl’s Wood narrated by some detainees and deliberately eliminates the typical violent imagery attached to prison cinema by utilizing phone calls and letter correspondence since shooting at the detention center is illegal.

Jade Jackman is a emerging documentary filmmaker who centers her work on women's rights and enjoys blurring the borders between fact and fiction. With projects that have taken her around the world, this 20-something London based filmmaker and writer has published her work at The Guardian, Nowness, i-D, Huffington, and VICE. Her critical acclaim continues to make itself known with her short film, Calling Home winning Best UK Short Film at the 2018 BFI Future Film Festival. I randomly found Jackman through the usual 21st century activity otherwise known as internet-surfing and landed on Eye Want Change, a annual international film competition profiling filmmaking on smartphones that she co-created. The unique space has brilliantly carved out a domain in the festival saturated market as a one-of-a-kind platform for spotlighting the growing trend towards the democratization of art and cultural resources - which perfectly matches SVLLY(wood)’s ethos!

As we’re beginning to toy around with the experimental aspect of writing here at SVLLY(wood) it made sense to craft this interview through WhatsApp, the popular messaging app that’s become a staple for immigrants communicating throughout the diaspora. Doubling as a ode to the conceptualizing process of Calling Home - we decided to replicate the diversity of communication services that Jackman utilized in order to gain intimate access with the women at Yarl’s Wood. Through our conversation, Jackman and I expound on some of the behind the scenes photos she’s compiled during the early stages of the film where the former law student turned documentarian reflects on what the process meant to her, being inspired by Drake’s iconic ‘Hotline Bling’ music video, and why she chooses to not evoke violence on screen.

It was only a matter of time before we collaborated with the young woman whose creating anti-establishment cinema and issue.3: INCARCERATION marks one of many. You can watch Calling Home on Vimeo and follow Jade Jackman on Twitter and Instagram: @JadeShamraeff.

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  Photography Credit:  Jade Jackman [screenshots of the convo below].

Photography Credit: Jade Jackman [screenshots of the convo below].

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Photography Credit: Jade Jackman [screenshots of the convo below].

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Photography Credit: Jade Jackman [screenshots of the convo below].

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  Photography Credit:  Jade Jackman [screenshots of the convo below].

Photography Credit: Jade Jackman [screenshots of the convo below].

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