Last month I was asked by the MS Trust to take part in their project called ‘Making Sense of MS’.
The aim of the project was to put together a catalogue of information for people who have been recently diagnosed with MS. I was asked to be interviewed as part of a series of short films for their website giving my experience of diagnosis amongst other things.
To be honest I was pretty chuffed to be asked. Chuffed that they thought I might actually have something useful or interesting to say. Although this did imply that I had myself ‘made sense’ of MS. In reality I don’t think I have. And I don’t think I ever will. But nevertheless I agreed to take part.
The filming took place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. For those of you who don’t know, this is a pretty swanky hotel in the centre of Manchester. It houses the renowned ‘French’ restaurant currently occupied by Simon Rogan. It was famously the place where Rolls and Royce first met and the luxury car manufacturer born. And it is also where Posh and Becks used to hang out in their early days of dating.
Of course I submitted my rider in advance – red peanut M & M’s, a bottle of Nolet’s Dry Gin on ice and choice from the full autumn-winter Jimmy Choo collection.
In reality I got a sparkling mineral water and a warm welcome from the lovely MS Trust people. (Well they are a charity I suppose)
The filming took place in one of the hotel’s suites. It was set up with an armchair infront of a curtain as if it was in someone’s front room. Someone with a very plush front room.There were bright lights set up shining on the chair and a camera pointing the same way. I felt like I was on a talk show. Or mastermind. I sat bolt upright in the chair whilst a lady powdered my nose and another plumped the cushions around me (and who, I was told, was due to work with actual Jude Law and actual Colin Firth the very next day).
It was unfortunate that this was the week my hair dryer had chosen to explode and I had to use a borrowed one with the same drying power as an asthmatic puffa fish. And also the week that I had come down with conjunctivitis so my eyes looked like I had had a heavy and unruly night on the gin, been pepper-sprayed whilst committing a public order offence and then spent a sleepless night in a police cell.
But hey the show must go on as they say in showbiz ;)
I was asked a series questions by the filmmaker – a lovely man who had donated his services and who has a good knowledge of the subject as his wife also has MS – which I tried to answer as best I could.
The whole thing lasted about 10 minutes. It felt like 30 seconds. And then followed the best bit – he actually said the words ‘that’s a wrap’.
I could get used to this I thought. Well, if I had better hair and eyes. And anything else worth talking about.
There were nine of us, I think, in total who were interviewed and parts of what we said taken and included on the MS Trust website which you can find here:
If you are someone who has recently been diagnosed then it’s well worth a look. If you want a giggle at me it is also worth a look.
I am of course available for further filming work upon request and would settle for just the m&m’s to be honest … Contact my agent.
That’s a wrap folks.
As you can see it’s a very serious business being interviewed!