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.
TX: March 2008 RT: 30 mins A new way of learning about the outdoors for all ages and abilities is being developed in Wales by the Forest Education Initiative back by the Forestry Commission. This film illustrates the range of activities and opportunities on offer and the impact that ’Forest School’ has on the lives of children and staff. Film available through : www.specialiststock.com.
TX: June 2005 RT: 2 x 30 mins Title: ’Concrete Coasts’ and ’Last Pockets of Paradise’ Territory: Worldwide. Nearly half the Mediterranean, the largest enclosed sea in the world , is surrounded by concrete mostly from tourism development. Filmed in Croatia, Turkey, Spain and Tunisia, these two documentaries chart the crisis facing the Med’s ecology and efforts by the conservation organisation WWF to protect the last pieces of paradise left.
TX: October 2005 RT: 15 mins Title: ’Something Fishy in the Classroom !’ Territory: UK. ’Something Fishy ’ is a fun education film about school children in South Wales raising salmon from eggs in their own hatchery in the classroom. The film is supported by the Environment Agency which runs the ’Salmon Homecoming’ project on the Taff River aimed at revitalising the river and making the local communties aware of the rich environment on their doorstep. Film avialble through : www.specialiststock.com
TX: January 2008 RT: 30 mins Dolphins Episode In this series made by Telscope of Swansea, Small World Productions made an episode featuring the dolphins and other cetaceans under threat in UK waters. The film raises concerns about the plight of the British dolphins expressed by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and features footage of very unusual behaviour, including rare clips of dolphins leaping strangely, playing with jellyfish and chasing a porpoise.
TX: 2001 RT: 5 x 30 mins Title: ’DIY School’ Territory: Worldwide. DIY camp for the amateur builder ! This observational series follows the trainees who have paid to learn how to build a house in just 3 weeks. Living in tents on the Suffolk site, the rookie builders do everything from laying foundations to roofing. The characters range form mums released from their children to property developers. The eco-friendly timber framed house will be the home of the architect and course organiser.
TX: 2000 RT: 15 x 30 mins Title: ’Village Green’ Territory: Worldwide. Presented by Tom Morton, this series follows the excitement and trials of three families as they build their dream eco- house in the eco-village at Findhorn in Scotland. From foundations to furnishings, we see the pitfalls and rewards of going green. Tom also visits a variety of other state-of-the-art eco-houses around the UK and investigates the use of new eco-friendly construction materials.
TX: 30 mins RT: 15 x 30 mins Title: ’Free as a Bird’, Undercover Countryside Territory: UK. Smallhold farmer and journalist Daniel Butler goes undercover to investigate whether free range eggs really are ’free range’. Daniel discovers that in many cases behind the packaging of quaint country scenes the hens are in fact kept in appalling conditions, and there is a worringly high use of anti-biotics. Daniel also investigates eggs produced under the RSPB’s Freedom Foods scheme and questions whether the birds really are free from pain and free to behave naturally. Commendation: Genesis Awards, Los Angeles 2000
TX: 1999 RT: 60 mins Title: ’Fringe Benefits’, The Other Side Territory: UK. An observational film following the highs and lows of the alternative radical performance agency Continental Drifts at the Total Eclipse Arts and Performance Festival in Devon. Filmed and directed by Jez Tucker