Confetti For My Grandmother

John Hegley, well-known poet and songwriter, met his French grandmother only once, due to a family rift which he has never understood.

Inspired by a Maori notion of ancestors, and by seeing his own daughter with her grandmother, he travels to Nice, in the South of France, to throw confetti at the Carnival in her memory.

While there, he meets local people, has his hair cut by a 94-year-old barber and he imagines what would have happened between him and his grandmother, had he taken this journey while she was still alive.

An unusual drama-documentary, featuring an hour of John's special mix of poetry, song, interviews and humour as he explores memories both real and invented.

With John Hegley as himself and Zouina Benhalla as his Grandmother.

Produced by Anne Edyvean

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John Hegley, well-known poet and songwriter, met his French grandmother only once, due to a family rift which he has never understood.

Inspired by a Maori notion of ancestors, and by seeing his own daughter with her grandmother, he travels to Nice, in the South of France, to throw confetti at the Carnival in her memory.

While there, he meets local people, has his hair cut by a 94-year-old barber and he imagines what would have happened between him and his grandmother, had he taken this journey while she was still alive.

An unusual drama-documentary, featuring an hour of John's special mix of poetry, song, interviews and humour as he explores memories both real and invented.

With John Hegley as himself and Zouina Benhalla as his Grandmother.

Produced by Anne Edyvean