Film Archive

International Programme 2017
Dying Breed Mick Catmull

A year on Ivan’s, Rosemary’s and Geoffrey’s farms – a filmic love poem to an endangered traditional rural lifestyle in Cornwall which glorifies nothing.

Dying Breed

Documentary Film
UK
2017
85 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Mick Catmull
Mick Catmull
Neil Reed
Mick Catmull
Mike Bow
Mick Catmull
Agriculture is going through a sea change: more than a third of British farms were closed down in the past ten years, sold to land speculators, agricultural corporations or even London bankers who can afford a little agricultural romanticism but don’t need it to earn a living. The family farm which has shaped village life and landscapes for centuries looks more and more like a discontinued model. That applies not only to remote western Cornwall, where the documentary filmmaker Mick Catmull followed three long-established farmers, Ivan, Rosemary and Geoffrey, for a year. With precise observations of the daily routines of animal husbandry and often trenchant conversations full of British humour this debut film successfully portrays and documents a lifestyle and a breed of people. The result is also something like a love poem to a traditional rural lifestyle that is threatened by extinction all over the world – completely without glorification or “Country Life” romanticism.

Frederik Lang


Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award
International Programme 2017
On Another Corner Mihaela Popescu

Teddy bears against a fence, children’s photos, coloured balloons, hanging heads, a struggle for composure, grief. It’s both state of emergency and everyday life.

On Another Corner

Documentary Film
UK
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Mihaela Popescu, Marcus Davis
Mihaela Popescu
Mihaela Popescu
Mihaela Popescu
Marcus Davis
Teddy bears against a fence, children’s photos, coloured balloons, hanging heads, a struggle for composure, grief. People touch each other’s shoulders with sympathy, press photographers stand around rather apathetically to be joined later by television crews with their cameras and microphones. A predominantly African-American neighbourhood in Chicago, where a seven-year-old boy was shot in a revenge mission against his father in the turmoil of a gang war. It’s both state of emergency and everyday life.

Frederik Lang