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cYCLE WRITER (2004-2007)

In 2004 local documentary filmmaker Stuart McKears embarked on a project that would not only push his production skills to the limit, but be a huge emotional rollercoaster throughout its development.

Cycle Writer is a film about a year in the life of Monika Smith, a local freelance photo journalist who worked in and around the Bognor Regis area.

The documentary actually covers approximately 14 months, December 2003 to January 2005, and shows Monika interviewing and photographing nearly 100 diverse individuals, events and organisations, creating local stories that together weave a fascinating tapestry of life in our communities.

In the early part of 2005, just after principal photography was completed, Monika was diagnosed with cancer and very sadly died in January 2006. Stuart too lost his mother and his cousin around the same time.

Edited down to a running time of 89 mins, Cycle Writer premiered May 2007 in Bognor Regis at a special tribute night to Monika. 

  "Some 90 people attended the special occasion for a special individual last Saturday after about 70 people had enjoyed a matinee screening a few hours earlier of the feature which portrayed a year in the life of Monika."

Before you go and watch Cycle Writer on Stuart's YouTube channel, I thought you might like to see the list below of the groups and events that Monika reported on. Also, if you wish, you can jump to the individual stories that interest you by clicking on Stuart's helpful page of links

1, Opening Titles
2. Private Party, Turkish Restaurant, Littlehampton
3. Mind Charity Walk publicity, Cafe, Bognor Regis
4. Father Christmas Grotto, Bognor Regis
5. Rap Class, Youth Club, Chichester
6. Women's Institute, Barnham
7. 4Sight Sponsored Ghost Hunt, Pub, Chichester
8. Commodore, Sailing Club, Bosham
9. International Woman's Day, Bognor Regis
10. 'Calendar Girls', Sports Club, Middleton on Sea
11. Sculpture Exhibition, Chichester
12. Children's Art Class, Hobbs Farm, Yapton
13. Hayling Island Sailing Club
14. Spring Tide, Middleton on Sea
15. Much Travelled Teddy Bear, Felpham
16. Going to Cannes Film Festival, Bognor Regis
17. Potter, Mill Galleries, Ford
18. Nun's Pet Dog, Convent, Bognor Regis
19. Concert, Regis School of Music, Bognor Regis
20. Conservation, Rustington
21. Springtime, Hobbs Farm, Yapton
22. Photographic Exhibition, Chichester
23. Mobile Phone Tutorial, Bognor Regis
24. End of Part 1 Music
25. Award Winning Sussex Authors, Waterside
26. Book editing, West Sussex Records Office Chichester
27. Beauty Treatment Steamer, Felpham
28. Easter Bonnets, Middleton on Sea
29. Potter and Artist, Aldwick
30. Family Quilt, Felpham
31. Hypnotherapist, Bognor Regis
32. Rock Dance Group, The Arena, Bognor Regis
33. D Day Dance, Slindon
34. Arun Arts Officer, Littlehampton
35. West Sussex Youth Music Awards, Bognor Regis
36. Large Metal Sculpture, Barnham
37. Local History, Watergate
38. Café Jazz, Bognor Regis
39. ROX, West Side Story rehearsal, Bognor Regis
40. Potters, Open Doors Artists, Felpham
41. Artist's reception, Mill Studio, Ford
42. Car crash, Fire Station, Bognor Regis
43. End of Part 2 Music
44. Roy & Company, Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis
45. Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, Bognor Regis
46. Cold War Bunker, Horsham
47. Memories of Ronald Reagan, Bognor Regis
48. Blind Piano Tuner, Entrant Bognor Birdman
49. ROX Auditions, Lower School, Bognor Regis
50. Gingerbread Charity Climbs, Middleton on Sea
51. Working Boats Day, Chichester Harbour
52. Africa Art, Hambrook
53. Prospective Author, Bognor Regis
54. Tea Dance Hospice Donation, Middleton on Sea
55. Children In Need Cheque, Bognor Youth Club
56. Open Doors Artist, Bognor Regis
57. Middleton on Sea Fete
58. Regatta, Felpham Sailing Club
59. Bognor Birdman
60. End of Part 3 Music
61. Sculptor, Bilsham
62. Impromptu Interview, Bognor Regis
63. ROX Junior Competition Finals, Bognor Regis
64. Foreign Language Students, UCC, Bognor Regis Campus
65. Art Exhibition, Arun River Front, Littlehampton
66. A grade, A Level Maths Pass, Elmer
67. Salvation Army, Esplanade Bandstand, Bognor Regis
68. Artist Blacksmith, Ford
69. Butlins and The ROX, Skyline Pavilion, Bognor Regis
70. Broom Maker, Chalk Pits Museum, Amberley
71. Duchess of Norfolk, Fairtrade Day, Arundel
72. Morris Dancers, The Pier, Bognor Regis
73. Vicar and New Wife, Middleton on Sea
74. Meridian TV Sandcastle Competition, Bognor Regis
75. Donkey Rides, Bognor Regis
76. Clock Repairer, Arundel
77. Nude Man, The Steyne, Bognor Regis
78. Lifeboat day, Felpham
79. End of Part 4 Music
80. St Nicholas Toddler Group, Middleton on Sea
81. Cafe Break In, Felpham
82. Classic Car Display, Bognor Regis
83. Sussex Life' Editor, Cafe, Felpham
84. Sandcastle Competition, Bognor Regis
85. Charity Collection, Bognor Regis
86. Music Festival Night, Hobbs Farm, Yapton
87. Cutting the Mayor in Half, Bognor Regis
88. Reminiscences, Bognor Regis
89. Fire Walking, Chichester
90. Resuscitation class, Arun Leisure Centre
91. Conservation Officer
92. Artist, Aviation and Railway pictures, Bognor Regis
93. People’s War Project, Bognor Regis
94. Fringe, The ROX, Bognor Regis
95. History and Costumes, Arundel
96. Arts Meeting, The Hub, Bognor Regis
97. Aircraft Painting Presentation, Tangmere Museum
98. Music Festival, Hobbs Farm
99. Local MP, Sewage Problem, Elmer Estate
100. Amnesty Christmas Cards, Bognor Regis
101. 4Sight, Carols, Tesco, Bognor Regis
102. Mummers Play, Bognor Regis
103. The 'Big Draw', Chichester
104. The ROX and End Credits/Music
105. Full Theme Song

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