It's not a prequel or a remake. And if I say it is a trilogy then be not afeared - it is not some epic Lord of the Rings affair upon which one might spend a portion of one's own life greater than that spent on the toilet.
It is a trilogy of minute proportions, and with modest aims, claims (and automobiles*).
There are courtroom scenes but (sadly) no Silk or Judge John Deed moments. Rupert Penry Jones may be in my dreams, but is not in my films. Nor does my fiance George Clooney drop onto the set and perform an impromptu Cameo role, like Bob Dylan as Alias in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.
Whilst the family law reform gunfight is going down and the dust is swirling I'm just quietly doing my helpful best in the background. Offering humdrum beans to those who will listen....
Alright. I'll stop (Whilst I blame my shameless over use of metaphor on Bob I acknowledge he carries it off rather better than me).
So. I've made some short films for Litigants in Person who are involved in family court disputes (private law). They are available for viewing or to embed or link to on YouTube here (creative commons licence). I'd love to know what you think of them (although you don't need to tell me they are hardly a substitute for legal representation, I'm well aware of that). More back story on the nofamilylawyer website here. You can read it if you are interested (or not). Yes, there is a connection with the second edition of The Family Courts without a Lawyer - A Handbook for Litigants in Person, and I hope the videos will persuade more people to buy the book, but ultimately they stand alone. Personally, I think they are worth watching just to watch my lipstick change colour between scenes. But I'm a continuity geek.
Ok. This is where I weep whilst clutching my Oscar...And I'd like to thank Bath Publishing, our team of fabby volunteers from St John's and elsewhere, the court staff at Bristol Civil Justice Centre and Tom Knott (sound) and HouseCat Productions (film) for making this actually happen. And my dad. Who was an ace usher. Especially when he turned up the collar of the usher's gown and ran around pretending to be a vampire.
* yes, entirely for effect.
And so without further ado here they are: