Telling Deaf Stories

Film maker Hank Snell, artist Amy Blinkhorn and writer James Little wood have been working with students and staff of the Kelston Deaf Education Centre, and members of the Deaf community to collaboratively create a film that reflects a small slice of the Deaf experience in the Whau. The project has involved story development workshops, and weekend filming intensive and is now in the editing phase.


We are working on a series of film making workshops exploring the stories and experiences of the Deaf community in the Whau between June – July 2017. We are looking for people who want to take part and create some films.

What will the workshops cover?
Story telling
Basic camera skills

There will be two planning and story telling workshops in June, a two day film making intensive on 1 & 2 July and an editing workshop.

At the end we hope we will have made some films together that we can share with everyone.

Can you participate?
Are you interested in film making?
Did you live or go to school at Kelston Deaf Education Centre?
Did you grow up in the Whau area?
Do you live, work or play in the Whau?

If you can answer yes to any one of these questions then get in touch. Email Melissa at or text 0211829451 or leave a message here. Let her know your name and little bit about yourself.

What is the Whau?
The Whau is a West Auckland local board area that includes Avondale, Rosebank, New Lynn, Kelston, Fruitvale, Green Bay, Blockhouse Bay and New Windsor.

Who are we?
Hank Snell is a film maker with over 15 years of experience in Canada, the UK and New Zealand.
Melissa Laing is the Whau Community Arts Broker. She supports all sorts of art to happen in the Whau
Amy Blinkhorne is an artist and member of the Deaf community