After 4 years of participation, as costumed historical re-enactors, Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie were given unprecedented access to document the UKs oldest and largest historical re-enactment at Kentwell Hall in rural Suffolk. Among the 500 volunteers spending their summer holidays re-creating every aspect of 16th century English life, they met a core of loyal and protective re-enactors whose real life stories form a fascinating counterpoint to their chosen 16th century roles.
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A wry look at the world of amateur cat breeders, from the glamour of the cat shows to their significant collaborations with laboratory geneticists seeking solutions to human afflictions.
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Bata-ville is a bittersweet record of a coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire in Zlin in the Czech Republic. Against the backdrop of regeneration in their local communities, former employees of the now-closed UK shoe factories in East Tilbury (Essex) and Maryport (Cumbria) are led on a journey that begins as a free holiday but soon becomes an opportunity for a collective imagining of what entrepreneur Tomas Bata's maxim "We are not afraid of the future" means for them in 21st century Britain. Inspired by the contrast between the idealism of Bata and the more recent industrial decline of East Tilbury and Maryport, host / directors Pope & Guthrie lead this unorthodox coach party on a journey through Bata's legacy. bata-ville.com
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A short film made by Britt Hatzius, showing the Floating Cinema, a canal-going cinema space created by Somewhere in 2011, with Studio Weave and Up Projects.
Commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority.