Out in the middle of Lyme Bay off the English South coast is, to my mind, a pioneering project in producing shellfish protein on a massive scale. John and Nick Holmyard and family are coming to the fruition of a 10 year vision of growing mussels offshore. If they succeed, which I am sure they will, the benefits could be enormous when replicated around the world. The advantages are obvious. More space to work in and at full capacity the Offshore Shellfish sites covering a relatively small area of sea could produce as much mussel tonnage per year as all the mussel farms of Scotland. And just as important, offshore the water is constantly clean so the mussels are less vulnerable to the inshore threats…
Director of Small World Productions Justyn Jones took part in a Bafta masterclass yesterday at the University of South Wales , Atrium Cinema, Cardiff, for the film 'Jamie Baulch- Looking for My Birth Mum.' Justyn,who produced-directed the film for Avanti Media joined, Jamie and development producer/AP Connie Fisher in answering questions from students after a a screening of the film which won Bafta Cymru Best Single Documentary 2015. It was revealed by Jamie that following the last film, which went out on BBC 1 UK network after two screenings on BBC Wales, several people told Jamie that they had adopted children purely as a consequence of watching the film. "That just shows that films like this can make a real difference," said Jamie, who is...
TX: 1995 RT: 30 mins Title: ’Nuclear Ginza’ Territory: Worldwide. Through the eyes of a campaigning photogrpher, this investigative documentary exposes radiation poisoning among workers inside Japan’s nuclear power industry. Film available through : www.specialiststock.com
TX: March 2006 RT: 24 mins Title: ’Death Beneath the Waves’ Territory : Worldwide. Thousands of cetaceans, dolphins-whales and propoises, are killed eached in fishing nets in the North East Atlantic.Some wash up dead on the beaches of Britian and France showing the telltale wounds of having struggled desperately to set themselves free. ’Death Beneath Waves’ reports on efforts by campaigners and governments to reduce the level of by catch and the effect on the populations. The film also covers the issue of bottlenose dolphin attack on porpoises. Film available through : www.specialiststock.com
TX: 1999 RT: 60 mins Title: ’Rhythmic Revolutionairies’, The Other Side Territory: UK. Breaking the Cuba blockade, this observational film follows UK DJ’s taking a sound system over to Cuba, discovering the rhythem of life, and assisting in organising celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the revolution
TX: 1998 RT: 30 mins Title: ’Inside Quarantine’, Undercover Britain Territory: UK. Is Britain’s quarantine system a safe barrier to rabies ? Lindsay Hawdon investigates by going undercover as a kennel maid inside a selection of quarantine kennels. Lindsay discovers appalling conditions in some kennels and tries to comfort a couple of dogs which die inside quarantine. The film challenges the effectiveness of the quarantine system and helped change the law. Winner : International Documentary, Genesis Awards, Los Angeles 98
TX: 1998 RT: 30 mins Title: ’It’s a Dog’s Life,’ Countryside Undercover Territory: UK. This multi-award winning, controversial and groundbreaking documentary exposed cruelty and bad practice inside a top British animal testing laboratory. The film followed undercover diarist Zoe Broughton as she looked after beagle dogs used for testing drugs. The film led to a full Home Office investigation into the allegations, a review of procedures within Government, two convictions for cruelty, and changes in the law. Winner: Scoop of the Year, BEMA Awards, London 1997. Winner : International Documentary, Genesis Awards, Los Angeles 1997 Film available through: www.specialiststock.com
TX: 1996 RT: 60 mins Title: ’It’s a Dog’s Life,’ Countryside Undercover Territory: Worldwide. This beautifully shot observational documentary follows the lives of bush pilots based in Loki Choki, Northern Kenya, as they fly hazardous aid missions to refugees from the civil war in the rebel held enclaves of Sudan. Narrated by Zoe Wanamaker Filmed and directed by Sebastian Rich Film available through : www.specialiststock.com
TX: 1991 RT: 30 mins Title: ’Thailand for Sale’ Territory: Worldwide. This documentary traces how major companies are destroying Thailand’s natural environment in a race to develop tourism. Film available through : www.specialiststock.com
TX: April 2008 RT: 30 mins An investigation into whether ethical fashion can sweep through the shops and make a real difference in saving the planet or whether it is just tokenism. Film features organic cotton production in Kutch region of Gujurat, India, supplying organic cotton to big retailers like M&S. Part 2 concentrates on recycled fashion including the charity Bottletop which makes handbags out of bottetops and drink can ring pulls, and Patagonia’s fleeces made from old soda bottles, - recycled clothing now being copied by M&S.