Earlier this year Velvet became involved with a project called ‘Being British’ – a round-Britain documentary, devised by filmmaker Simon Mulvaney, that asks people from all walks of life, “What is Great Britain and what does it mean to be British?”
Originally timed to be released during Brexit in March, the concept was designed to highlight, within the current climate of polarised debate surrounding Britain’s cultural and economic future, the human story of what it is like to be British today. The film has no political agenda but rather, is intended to show how a diverse nation responds to the same questions, revealing celebration as well as criticism, whichever side of the fence they might sit on.
As part of the collaborative process, Velvet Pictures producer, Claire Cottrell and director Keith English filmed two local residents of the New Forest: Dave Dibden, Woodland Manager of the Pondhead Inclosure and Jasmine Lawrence, a graduate and actress who has grown up in Sway. They were filmed in places that best reflected their work and passions with stunning photography by DOP John Fry.
Well, the full documentary is now scheduled to be released early autumn to tie up with the delayed Brexit deadline.
So, in the meantime, Velvet has cut together short clips from their section of the film to give you a taste of the New Forest contribution to the project.
We must stress that these edits are directly from the rushes of the film and may, or may not, be representative of the final project cut. Enjoy.