Traditional sustainable use of local products.
In October 2009 the documentary filmmaker and visual anthropologist Daniela Rusowsky, Director of Funk Productions, worked with the collaboration of the National Trust for Jersey, and filmed for the first time in professional format the Jersey tradition of Black Butter making, an ancient apple spread known for its dark colour and unique taste.
The complete process, including the peeling of the apples, the stirring of the mixture in the bachin throughout the night, the camaraderie and the jarring up was recorded to capture the essence of this ancient recipe and reveal the spirit of one on Jersey’s best kept secrets: its people.
But filming the event was only the beginning. With the support of Jersey Archive some very precious and rare footage about black butter making and rural life in Jersey came back to life, which complements the film in a journey from the past that looks towards the future.
This filming was edited as a 48 minutes documentary and the soundtrack includes original recordings from traditional Channel Islands music courtesy of SocSercq Museum and Archive and L'Office du Jèrriais. Original music composed by René Verón supports the journey in almost a magical spirit. The voice over was recorded at BBC Jersey studios and the design of the cover was commissioned to MadMouse Digital Media.