A Chance Meeting on the Filmset of Elizabeth
A Podcast with Graham Fordham
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And so it came to be.
In 1998 I ran into a someone who was going to end up a great friend. Through thick and thin and lasting now over 20 years, Graham Fordham is a film industry veteran who has worked on some of the biggest movie productions during that time.
He also happens to be dyslexic. A big impact on anybodies life, and I now know that Graham has struggled to deal with it over the years. We met for the first time at Shepperton Studios on the set of Elizabeth.
Or at least in the bar.
Graham is confident, a great talker (as you will now know!) and someone who has achieved a lot in his time. He is now going to set up a charity that supports and highlights the good (& bad) about Dyslexia. Adopting and promoting technology aids that are developing fast, as we are all aware. The aim will also focus on helping out young and old to understand, adapt, improvise and improve life’s quality along the way.
People that lived with Dyslexia include Einstein & Churchill. Part of the reason that I started this post was watching a BBC documentary on Jackie Stewart
Jackie Stewart can drive and shoot like a champion.
He just cant read a book.
Two nights ago I watched a TV show that paid homage to the career of the Formula 1 driver, Jackie Stewart Interviewed by TV Chef James Martin, it soon became clear that both of them are dyslexic. Something I was previously unaware of.
What was really interesting was the fact that both had some what obviously struggled at school, before finding other outlets for their undoubted underlying raw talent.
This video is part of the program.. (As a note it is blank for the first minute.. starts around 1m 13 secs)
Watching this reminded my about Graham and his cause. I hope that you find this as interesting as I have and we will keep you in touch with our progress moving forward..
Some further research revealed to me there is an overlap between Dyslexia and other developmental problems such as dyspraxia.
Dyspraxia and Dyslexia overlap and often co-exist in the same person. Dyspraxia is an impairment of the organisation of movement that is often accompanied by problems with language, perception and thought. Dyslexia is primarily a difficulty with learning to read, write and spell and is often accompanied by other other problems such as poor organisational skills.
Will keep you in touch!
Have a great week all!