Down on the Farm is a short documentary commission run by the community filmmaking organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI). The aim is to help emerging documentary filmmakers create a unique collection of short films about farming in North Devon.[Read more…] about Down on the Farm documentary short film project puts focus on North Devon farmers
Sustainable organic lifestyle, or barbarism? It’s a question documentary The Grind Message asks. The film is being screened at The English Riviera Film Festival.
The Grind Message deals with the hunting of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands. It’s a tradition which has been practiced for at least half a millennium.
Up until the second half of the 20th century the hunts of pilot whales have been a vital part in the survival of the Faroese people. Today it is source of up to one-third of the nation’s meat consumption.
However the long-lasting tradition is subject to criticism. The Grind Message – or Grindaboð – follows the arguments of six locals on the matter.
“I think there was a lot going on in the issue that Grindaboð or The Grind Message addresses,” director Niels Christian Askholm told D&CFilm.
Pollution, animal ethics, and sustainability
“It deals with some pressing issues about pollution, animal ethics, and sustainability, but also touches deeper (philosophical and ethnographical) questions about cultural heritage, human identity and national identity and the different ways we perceive the world and the creatures and resources in it,” he said.
Neils is half Faroese and making the film allowed him to get deeper into his own cultural roots to find out more about how his ancestors lived and survived.
The Grind Message (Grindaboð ) is at the English Riviera Film Festival opening day extravaganza on Saturday, October 27.
The unerring power of film is again on show with “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire”. A tax documentary which highlights how the British elite have created a network of tax havens. It also shows the lengths they take to preserve it – exemplified in a chilling scene where a Jersey police officer harasses and interrupts the filmmakers’ interview with a whistleblower. And in the spirit of the film, it is now accessible to the public on YouTube.[Read more…] about Documentary exposing Britain’s tax havens made free to public by filmmakers
We’re thrilled to have heard from the Down to Earth Collective and they’re thrilled that their award-winning documentary, Down to Earth will be released in UK cinemas from September 14. But the good people of Exeter will have to wait till October 3 for Down to Earth to arrive at the Exeter Picturehouse.[Read more…] about A film to ignite change, award-winning documentary Down to Earth to be shown at Exeter Picturehouse
Hypnotic, mesmeric, astronomical! Dartmoor Dark Skies, a time lapse film by Arthur Cauty, ties heaven and earth together in both beautiful harmony and distant isolation.
The evocative Dartmoor landscape is home to histories and stories that are rich resources to tap into. And a documentary about art and Dartmoor will air on the BBC to unpeel some of the mysteries of the moor.
An academic from the University of Plymouth will feature as one of the experts in a Channel 4 series examining the increasing impact of robots on our daily lives.
The findings of a survey authored by Whicker’s World Foundation and launched by Sheffield Doc/Fest and the European Documentary Network in January 2016 are released today (February 9, 2016).
A graduate who earned numerous accolades during his studies at Plymouth University has won an award from the Royal Television Society (RTS).
The Many Romances with Rosemarie is a charming documentary about the Cornish-built motor yacht Rosemarie, who provided a comfortable home as a houseboat on the Penryn River for 40 years, and there is a special edition DVD now available.
Two Devon filmmakers have made a feature documentary that is set for it’s world premiere in Canada, at the second biggest film festival in the world.
Devon filmmaker Arthur Cauty has made a film that attempts to find out why the UK has such a thirst for booze.
The critically acclaimed 27-year-old filmmaker is an ‘accomplished non-drinker’, and in his film A Royal Hangover he seeks the thoughts of a stellar cast including renowned comedian, actor, author, political firebrand and recovering addict, Russell Brand, to understand the UK’s growing thirst for alcohol.
This is Arthur’s first feature and was shot in Newton Abbot, Torquay, Totnes and Plymouth, in addition to London, LA and Paris.
The independent feature film documentary A Royal Hangover promises to be a ‘shocking, yet hilarious journey into the ambivalent alcohol culture of the UK, questioning why Britain has such a thirst for the booze’.
The trailer is set to come out in February (we hope to carry it here!), but we have a taster interview with Russell Brand. Check it out
The documentary will do the international film festival circuit during summer 2014.
According to the A Royal Hangover team: “With Brits now officially drinking more alcohol than tea, A Royal Hangover attempts to get to the bottom of our love for the booze, and what sets us apart from our neighbouring brothers and sisters around Europe, and our cousins across the pond.
“Featuring anecdotes from casual social drinkers, harrowing tales of former addicts, and interviews with charities, healthcare professionals, governing bodies, law enforcement, celebrities and controversial figures such as sacked Government Drugs Advisor Professor Nutt, A Royal Hangover underscores that alcohol is the most harmful drug in the UK.
“Forget the bad weather. Forget the crooked teeth. Forget the quiet, reserved, tea-drinking aristocrat. We are fast painting a new image of Britain: a nation with a drinking problem. Brand leads the orchestra of this established line up, in the hope that one day Britain will wake up without a hangover.”
Strong stuff, and we’re looking forward to it. Follow A Royal Hangover on Facebook.
People throughout the world deal with great challenges, and despite the 24-hour news merry-go round the deeper stories are quite often missed.
Transition Town Totnes’ TTT Film Club is presenting the documentary GM Crops – Farmer to Farmer.
The great blue yonder, as well as its nether, is charted, explored in the documentary Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo, which is at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen as part of its ‘blue’ season.
Shot on a shoe-string, and creating a bit of stir on its release, the feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture – Helvetica – is getting an airing at Plymouth College of Art.
Waltz with Bashir is Ari Folman’s animated documentary into the horrors of the 1982 Lebanon war. It is being screened at The Poly, Falmouth, as part of Shifting Sands – An exhibition from Guy Martin, which covers Guy’s photography of the Arab Spring.
Restrepo is a 2010 documentary about the Afghanistan war, directed by American journalist Sebastian Junger and British/American photojournalist Tim Hetherington, and will be screened at The Poly, Falmouth as part of the Shifting Sands exhibition.