Memories of Fr Bill
A documentary about Father Bill Kirkpatrick, a gay priest who pioneered AIDS care in 1980s London
Fr Paul Bagott ‘s afternoon tea catch up with Caroline Tod-Richardson and Verena Tschudin set in motion the making of a film project which told the story of an extraordinary man, Fr Bill Kirkpatrick. Fr Bill was led to work in Earl’s Court when it was rocked by the consequences of the HIV and Aids crisis. In the films we saw how he brought his deep understanding of human nature and spiritual sensitivity to change lives and attitudes.
Fr Bill touched the lives of many people who remember him with great love and affection.
Such was the affection held that it soon became apparent, whilst researching the film, that a separate documentary should be made. The documentary “Memories of Fr. Bill” comprised of a series of testimonies intertwined with original film footage charting Fr Bill’s life from Vancouver, Canada, to Earl’s Court, London. It focused on his remarkable life, legacy and ground-breaking initiatives many of which continue to this day.
Directed by Caroline Tod-Richardson and Tom Young
Co-directed by Anton Wainwright
Produced by Fr Paul Bagott, Verena Tschudin and Guy Wilson
Executive Producer Caroline Tod-Richardson