Disillusioned by a cultural story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK, searching for the seeds of an alternative culture and with it hope for the future.
Without any prior filmmaking experience, they borrow the money from a friend to buy a second hand film camera, and set off with an intention to share their experience.
We follow the filmmakers’ quest on this intimate journey as they speak to grassroots activists alongside the pioneering voices of Satish Kumar (editor of The Ecologist), Polly Higgins (ecocide lawyer), Bruce Parry (explorer), Martin Shaw (founder of School of Myth), Jewels Wingfield (ecofeminist), Mac Macartney (founder of Embercombe), Simon Fairlie (editor of The Land), Peter Owen Jones (clergyman, presenter), Glennie Kindred (author and artist), and the late Patrick Whitefield (permaculturist). On this quest, they take with them a question – What could an uncivilised world look like?
‘wetheuncivilised, A Life Story’, is a grassroots documentary film project that seeks to challenge the ‘civilised’ story of separation. We move through the themes of Birth, Land, Activism, Belief, Community, Wisdom, Grief and Death, looking at the points in our lives when we have an opportunity to tell a new story, and to step into an ‘uncivilised’ world of relationship, connection and belonging.
Some feedback from audiences…
” A stunning and sensitive journey into ecology, humanity and spirituality.” The Cube, Bristol
“Moving. Haunting. Thought-provoking and profound. A chance to consider how to live on the edge, yet connected to community and society. Alternative ways of living. Reconnecting to the wild, elemental side of ourselves. Honouring the grief of what we collectively have created in order to come home to our truth and wisdom.” Rachel Dymond
“So beautiful, rich, open and honest.” Carmel
“wetheuncivilised – a Life Story was not only inspiring and informative, but it was beautifully crafted storytelling, enhanced by stunning visuals, graphics and music. The narrative was gripping, moving and honest, ending with a kind of open question. How to accept and appreciate the positive aspects of our post-industrial society, particularly health care, while acknowledging the concurrent devastation, cruelty and dissonance?
The overall feeling for me was respect and modesty: my total respect for the film protagonists, their own self-respect, respect for others and the earth. Honouring and heeding the voice of elders and humility and listening in the face of challenging situations. Throughout there was a lightness of touch, rather than table-thumping, even during an empassioned sequence on fracking protests. I believe this film tour speaks to all generations and gathers people together for a experience of true community.” Katie Lloyd-Nunn, Hawkwood College
“Truly inspiring and thought provoking. I found sharing your experience moved me to reconsider my current lifestyle. Pete and Lily, it would be fantastic to share the film with as wide an audience as you can reach, so many people feel the dissatisfaction you experienced and that seed needs nurturing.” David Turner
“What an amazing film! You guys have done so well. I was deeply moved last night – particularly by your approach to grief on different levels, it helped with my own grief.” Flo Scott
“It was stunning beyond words. I am inspired in a deep way, feeling connected to my roots in the ground!” Sophia Efthimiou
“Goosebumps all over! Congratulations – what an awesome film, amazing inspirational story, and an incredible example of following your intuition, finding your path and honouring your truths. And a beautiful love story too.” Karen Smithson
“That film broke my heart open . Very moving .” Emma Watkinson
“Just been to the premier of #wetheuncivilised Pete and Lil’s years of hard work culminated in a film of such scope I can’t possibly describe it. It brings up so many emotions and leaves you feeling inspired to go out and change things. I will need to watch it 15 times to take in all the incredible ideas and philosophies. The 10 minute standing ovation was more than deserved. Can’t wait for the next chapter….” Jack Rumbold
Touring Summer 2016
This Summer, we will travel the UK, fuelled by waste cooking oil, in our home, an ex-service library bus, screening the film for communities, festivals and transition towns. For tour locations and dates, click here.
We have been greatly inspired by the Shodh Yatra, which is an Indian term, that means: “to undertake a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots” – information is carried from one village to the next, and shared in order to perpetuate and evolve vital skills.
By providing the conditions for informal, spontaneous relationships, we hope that the community screenings will be an opportunity to seed ideas, collaborations and opportunities for people to get involved in creating sustainable solutions for positive social change, rooted in the permaculture ethics of fair-share, people care and earth care.