Late one night, Adam and Eve are alone in the library, when suddenly, the plants and animals pictured in the books around them start to come alive…
Starring Scali Delpeyrat, Lou Wenzel and James Harris Music by Soznak. Puppets by Meg Amsden/Nutmeg Puppet Company. Filmed on location at the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Funded by Northern Film and Media.
Best short fiction on an ecological theme, Malescorto International Short Film Festival, Italy, 2009 Best short film, CinemaJAZZ section, Kansas City Film Festival, 2010
Bewick’s Mambo was inspired by Soznak‘s track Traffic Jambo. It was shot over the course of four nights in the library of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle Upon Tyne, where I first encountered the original editions of Thomas Bewick’s natural history books while stll in the sixth form. For this film, funded by NFM’s Sound and Vision award, I was reunited with Scali Delpeyrat and Hungarian DP Adam Fillenz with whom we had made Breather.
I also want to record here my thanks to the brilliant Newcastle-based team who came together for part or all of the making of this trilogy, and in particular, Rebecca Sutton, Franki Appleton, Tom Evans, Paul Kemp, Molly Barrett, Kate Eccles, Steve Martin, Jack Tarling and Chris Coles. Without their energy and talent, none of these three films would have been possible.
2008, 9 minutes, Super 16/Digibeta, 1:185, Dolby SR.
Buster International Children’s Film Festival, Copenhagen
Kansas City Film Festival
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan
Malescorto International Short Film Festival
Maui International Film Festival, Hawaii
Kratkofil International Short Film Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Sopot International Film Festival, Poland