Pale Blue Dot, by Zac Thoday

Carl Sagan’s speech on the famous image of the Pale Blue Dot of Earth taken in 1990 manages to be both hopelessly pessimistic and oddly optimistic simultaneously. Carl Sagan does not singularly adhere to either side, which might be the reason for why it this piece was chosen as the theme for this festival. There […]

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BFF marches for women’s equality

“GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN-DAMENTAL RIGHTS” “THIS PUSSY FIGHTS BACK” “What’s a woman’s favourite position? CEO” “MERYL STREEP FOR PRESIDENT” To say it’s been a big weekend for women’s rights is probably a bit of an understatement. This Saturday, millions of women around the globe marched in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, […]

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It’s a wrap!

Crowds of film-enthusiasts headed over to Barnes this weekend to attend the launch of Barnes Film Festival, an environmentally-themed three-day film festival in Southwest London. Local MP and former mayoral candidate, Zac Goldsmith, was called upon to speak at the launch party on Friday, which took place in the brand new H20 building at the […]

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Interview with Zac Goldsmith

We are honoured to host Zac Goldsmith as our special guest at the Barnes Film Festival, opening the festivities at the beautiful new Wetlands Centre. The MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston is also an avid environmentalist and longtime Barnes resident. Before his move to politics, Zac directed and edited the Ecologist Magazine for […]

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How long should an insert be?

For the film Bleu Krzysztof Kieslowski needed a moment to show a character in her own world, focused on one single action, the action was allowing a sugar cube touch a cup of coffee until it turned fully brown, for this purpose he used an insert of the cube becoming brown. Simple enough, however, the […]

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Interview: The London Wetland Centre

The London Wetland Centre is an award-winning nature reserve in Barnes managed by The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). We caught up with Catherine Starling to discuss its wildlife, conservation and filmmaking. What wildlife might the public encounter? Our lakes, pools and gardens are home to nesting kingfishers, sand martins, foraging birds and, in the spring, ducklings waddling […]

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Interview with The Alladale Nature Reserve

Sam Sutaria is an environmentalist who works for our sponsor: Alladale Wilderness Reserve. It was during his Masters course in Wildlife Filmmaking that he was able to combine his creative talents and passion for documentary with his academic background in conservation biology. Could you tell me about Alladale Wilderness Reserve? Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a pioneering […]

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