A documentary that Faye Planer and I made in 2011. It tells the story of El Cabanyal, a seaside district of Valencia under threat from urban planners as Spain attempts to modernise its coastline. The film explores the Spanish idea of modernity, whilst immersing the audience in the rich architectural and social heritage of a once-proud fishing community.
A feature I made for Encounters Short Film Festival looking at the impact of Aardman Animations on Bristol, the UK, and the wider world. Featuring interviews with Nick Park, David Sproxton, Peter Lord, Sam Fell and Mark Cosgrove.
Short animation Faye and I made last Christmas.
People come to Bristol from all over the world for many different reasons. Most reading this paper have come to Bristol in the hope of getting a good education. Some arrive here in the hope of finding a relaxed yet vibrant city in which to raise a family. Others arrive in the hope of starting new lives entirely, escaping from war or oppression elsewhere. There are many more reasons etched into the city’s past: slavery and the collapse of an empire, to name just two.
Bristol today is a product of that past, and a continuous project in attempting to come to terms with it. In 2007 the city marked the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act with a series of exhibitions, educational projects and community events. And looking to the future, rather than the past, Bristol was last year named a City of Sanctuary: a place proud to offer refuge for those who are no longer safe in their own country.