December 5 @ 18:15
A Year in a Field: A Quiet Film by Christopher Morris. 12A, 126 minutes. With panel discussion hosted by Transition Bath.
The story of one Cornish field told over one climatic year. A Year In A Field is not made by a climate scientist. It is a local, lo-fi, low-impact film – in contrast to the overblown, blue-chip, carbon-generating film productions that fly the globe in pursuit of unfamiliar wonders to address the climate emergency through tech-driven cinematic dazzle – more akin to science fiction.
BAFTA-winning documentarian Christopher Morris invites us to slow down, as he films for a year in a West Cornwall field; to immerse ourselves in this quiet, direct-action of stillness, to take a breath and reflect on the planetary impacts of our brief human existence, under the watchful gaze of the Longstone, an ancient monolith that predominates this elemental landscape.
There are no interviews or experts in this film. In fact, there are no human beings at all; instead, an unassuming Cornish field near Land’s End takes centre stage, and a crop of spring barley forms the centre of an unfolding, compelling and beautiful narrative. A cultivated field, an ancient monolith, and a transitory human observer. This film is a record of their brief interaction, shown on 5 December, World Soil Day.
Little Theatre Cinema Bath. Tickets available online, via the app or from the Little Theatre box office.