The Creek documentary tells the story of a community of fishermen and their families who built a series of boat-houses and cabins on the north bank of Greatham Creek at the turn of the 20th century, and was abandoned in the early 1980’s. Through interviews with former residents, the photographer Ian Macdonald (who produced a significant body of work at the creek), archive photographs, and location filming, The Creek presents a deeply engaging, moving, and thought provoking film about the Teesside salt-marsh landscape and a unique community that flourished there for nearly a century. Ultimately, the film is an affirming celebration of a way of life in a self-built arcadia.
‘Here But Not Here: Lost Histories of the Tees’ is a short documentary film by David Bates with music by The Kara Sea. The film was essentially a product of three years of walking up and down the River Tees on hot, sunny summer days with my small Panasonic camcorder; enthused and inspired by seeing Patrick Keiller’s ‘Robinson’ trilogy several years ago, my aims were to capture the elation I felt in exploring that strange, beautiful landscape, and to explore something of the history, culture and identity of the river and its people. The film was first shown at ‘Undisciplining: Conversations from the Edges’ at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in June 2018.
“Another England” is a cycle of films exploring a town on the edges of English society. It is a meditiation on this marginal, sometimes otherworldly place, and the characters that haunt it.
What does it mean to belong to somewhere? The four films explore different aspects of the complexity of belonging: “Blue Lagoon” the final film in the cycle, looks at it through the eyes of the misfits who have a romantic and even mystical connection to the wildllife and the haunting sense of place of the petrochemical estuary on the edges of the town.
See the other films in the cycle here http://vimeo.com/user6322310
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Yosser Hughes at Manor Farm, Kirkleatham