Film Production

Appignanesi scouting locations for Rufus Stone in rural Dorset

Josh Appignanesi, London-based filmmaker, script writer and director, was chosen to direct a short film based in three years of research at Bournemouth University. The film, Rufus Stone, tells the story of being gay and growing older in the British countryside.

Appignanesi recently directed and script edited the comedy feature film, The Infidel, written by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili and Richard Schiff, was released internationally in Spring 2010.  He has written and directed several short films, most notably Ex Memoria (2006) which stars Nathalie Press and Sara Kestelman in a study of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease, funded by the Wellcome Trust; and Nine 1/2 Minutes (2003), a romantic comedy starring David Tennant.


Rufus Stone was produced by Cecilia Frugiuele at Parkville Pictures in London.  Other production crew include:



























Cast photos on a separate page.

Rufus Stone is the key output of the three-year research project, “Gay and Pleasant Land? -a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales “. The Project was a work package in the New Dynamics of Ageing Project, “Grey and Pleasant Land?: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society” and funded by the British Research Councils.

Appignanesi leading a Masterclass in Turning Research into Film at Bournemouth University

Appignanesi leading a Masterclass in Turning Research into Film at Bournemouth University


Appignanesi said, ‘The film offers no specific solutions but renders poetically the difficulties involved.  While the film and the real lives it is based upon contain great sadness and loss, there is finally an ambiguous hope in others, in the lyricism of nature, and the promise of youth’.




Kip Jones, Executive Producer

Dr Kip Jones, Reader at the School of Health & Social Care and the Media School, who was the project’s Lead Investigator and Author and Executive Director of Rufus Stone said, ‘We are very fortunate to secure Appignanesi’s involvement in this important output resulting from our three year’s of research efforts. Our hope is that the film will dispel many of the myths surrounding ageing, being gay and life in British rural settings.  By engaging Appignanesi, the film and the results of this important, in-depth research will have significant impact on a wide variety of audiences’.