HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME – Saturday 21st October 2017
11:00 Rams Dir. Grimur Hakonarson, 2015, Cert 15 (93 mins)
In a remote Icelandic farming alley, two brother who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.
14:00 The Levelling Dir. Hope Dickson Leach, 2016, Cert 15 (83 mins)
Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Harry (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey (David Troughton). She is shocked to discover her home changed forever by the devastating floods that destroyed the area six months earlier, and Aubrey a tormented shadow of his former self. As she learns what has been going on in her long absence she and her father forge a new understanding, but can it withstand the troubles that they face on the ravaged farm as well as the truth of what drove Harry to take his own life?
15:30 Q&A with Hope Dickson Leach, director of The Levelling
16:30 Arcadia Dir. Paul Wright 2017 (78 mins)
Arcadia is a new film about our changing relationship with the land, crafted from footage in the British Film Institute National Archive. Paul Wright (For Those in Peril) constructs a beautiful paean to the land, set to a soundtrack by Will Gregory and Adrian Utley.
From the earliest days of movie-making to the present day, the film will feature rare and unseen material of local celebrations and festivals, agricultural practices through the seasons, village life and lost crafts, and will examine change in rural life and landscape.
17:50 Q&A with Arcadia production team
19:00 Harvest Short Film Competition Shortlist Screening + Announcement of Harvest Short Film Competition Winners
11:00 Far From The Madding Crowd
Dir. John Schlesinger 1967 (93 mins) Cert PG
Bathsheba Everdene, a wilful, flirtatious, young women, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.
14:00 100miles and 2 mouths Dir. Holly Black 2015 (23 mins)
In the summer of 2015 Holly Black and Jo Barker decided to only eat food from within 100 miles of their home city Bristol, for an entire year to find out what it truly means to eat local. See if they made it…
14:30 Innovations I (looped showreel of short films)
11:00 Innovations II (looped showreel of short films
15:00 Killer of Sheep Dir. Charles Burnett 1975 (80 mins) Cert 15
Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support.
18:00 A Fortunate Man Dir. Jeff Perks 1972 (33 mins)
In A Fortunate Man Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr documented the daily life of a country doctor. The collaboration marked both men deeply, not least because of the suicide of their subject. ‘He was a man so interested in trying to alleviate suffering’, Berger notes, ‘that he couldn’t stand happiness’.
Peter and the Farm Dir. Tony Stone 2016 (91 mins) Unrated
A documentary of Peter Dunning, the proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont who has isolated himself away from his family and often suggest to the filmmakers to make his own suicide a narrative device.
Our Little Sister Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda 2016 (128 mins) Cert PG
A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother’s home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.
Le Gout des Merveilles (The Sense of Wonder)
Dir. Eric Besnard 2015 (100 mins) Cert PG
A jolie French widow who has trouble keeping her late husband’s orchards afloat hits a human road bump at the start of this French drama, the man on the road doesn’t seem to want her help and turns out to have Asperger’s Syndrome, though that doesn’t stop him from perhaps being the solution to a lot of the woman’s troubles.
The Misfits Dir. John Huston 1961 (125min) Cert A (PG)
A divorcee (Marilyn Monroe) falls for an over-the-hill cowboy (Clark Gable) who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.
Innovations I (looped showreel of short films: Science: 1h 5min 41sec)
Open Farms Dir. Daniel Boaden (8.15)
Dorn Cox uses a mixture of DIY hardware and open source software to bring modern technology to his farm in New Hampshire, USA, using research to help improve agricultural output.
Community Growers Forty Hall Farm Dir. Daniel Bone (8.03)
Community Growers tells the story of an organic farm in London with a market garden, community orchard and vineyard, set up as a social enterprise and run by volunteers.
Life on the margin Dir. Paulette Burns (4.13)
A look at the ecological benefits of field margins.
Knepp Rewilded Dir. Charles Burrell (15.15)
Rewilding Knepp has seen astonishing wildlife successes but it also provides vital services for the public, including organic, free-roaming pasture-fed meant and a space to enjoy truly wild nature.
Re-learning the old ways: field notes from the Treehouse School
Dir. Ciara Healy (8.00)
This film evolved over a one year period of working with the Treehouse School, a radical out-door education institution in Cholsey, Oxfordshire. It documents the innovative ways in which the school’s founders, Lee Ryman and Sharon Julian, engage children with the language of nature and place.
Wanderlust Dir. Annebel Huijboom (7.00)
A short document on contemporary arts & craft in an urban environment. Elin de Jong dyes fabric with natural colours that she picks from her colour garden or simply in streets and parks. She uses techniques that date back as far as the Middle Ages.
Creating New Farm Wetlands Dir. Jo Stewart-Smith (9.55)
Creating New Farm Wetlands is narrated by farmers, about work they’re doing to help sove the issue of nutrient run off into rivers and prevent flooding. Two farmers walk and talk us through the improvements they’re making and the benefits for their farm. The film follows the course of the river Yeo
Innovations II (looped showreel of short films: Art: 22min 15sec )
Dreamscape Dir. Gabriela Aguero (5.11)
A meditation on time, nature and technology
(s)he has given sleep to those
(s)he loves, Behold, children are an inheritance of her,
A reward, the fruit of the womb.
Chicken Egg Dir. Alessandro Carboni (.48)
Designed as a crafty, homemade artist video, Chicken Egg is almost created in a TV commercial style with an unexpected and absurd end. It is intended as a starting point for a re-consideration with our relationship with food production.
Animated Loop Dir. Wayne Clements (gif)
Wound-harrow is a reversible poetic text. It can be read in two directions. The animation flips the text horizontally to reveal this.
Spring on the Strand Dir. A D Cooper (1.55)
The new season arrives along a very special stretch of the River Thames in West London.
Ecoute Bien La Campagne Dir. Henry/Bragg (6.03)
The film examines the economic and cultural dominance of cities in contemporary life and question the sustainability of current levels of urban growth.
Kebab World Dir. David Theobald (3.04)
A digital representation of late-night urban existence reflected in the window of a kebab shop. As a ‘synthetic meat’, doner kebabs seem an apt subject for a computer simulation, being highly processed and the product of a long and circuitous food chan. As an exercise in minimal animation, ‘Kebab World’ seems more likely to generate feelings of frustration and perhaps humour which might give way to a deeper contemplation of the systems in which we live.
Arborescent Dir. Charles Toeppe (4.54)
By the flow of line the continuous beauty be lost to the fates. Filmed at Waterloo recreation Area, Chelsea, MI.