‘Being British’ is 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?” Set within the current climate of polarised debate surrounding Britain’s cultural and economic future, the film does not have a political agenda but rather, is intended to show a human story – 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. Their stories will be added to all the others filmed around the country.
DOP John Fry managed to capture some stunning scenes for the documentary which will be released in the next few weeks via online platforms. We’ll keep you posted!