I have really enjoyed teaching in a department at Kenyatta University that offers combined theatre arts and film technology training. My eyes have been opened to new possibilities. The students easily cross from one genre to another, and good actors often have the minds of great film-makers.
My ranch house, built by he British for officer housing before the barracks were turned over to Kenya to house a new University, is a gold mine for film students hidden in the back corner of campus. None of them had ever heard of Malawi Close, much less wandered over to a strange, twelve-house long dead-end street by the railroad tracks. There was no reason to go there. Until now.
A ranch house on a dead end street is a perfect location for a film shoot. It has an entry way, a kitchen, bedrooms, a living room, and a porch. Films were shot in every part of my home, including the bathroom. Even vampires need to wash their hands after killing.
Three films were shot in my home by three different film crews. The shoots always took twice as long as planned and the crews who descended on my home were always larger than expected. I loved watching the students work.
The first film shot in my home was about a drunken husband and domestic abuse.
In the second film a woman died of cancer in my spare bedroom.
Two days ago a horror film was shot in my home and there was a vampire in the same bedroom.
4 Malawi Close; my home for 4 months and a versatile film shoot location. I can safely guess that zero films were shot in my home prior to January. As you might guess if you know me, I helped every film with set decoration and props. The things in my Kenyan life became the things in the lives of the characters in the films. Imagine the possibilities.