Tickets £8 Adult, £6 concs, £4 Film Society members
Twice-BAFTA-nominated director, Dylan Howitt has been filming compelling stories from around the world for more than 20 years: from Mozambican artists creating sculptures out of decommissioned guns, to a death row survivor in Ohio, to video workshops with children in Guatemala.
Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand, using only the fibre of locally foraged stinging nettles. This is ‘hedgerow couture’, the greenest of slow fashion. It’s also the medicine that helps him survive the death of his wife, which leaves him and their four children bereft, and how he finds a beautiful way to honour her.
‘Grasping the Nettle’ is at the heart of it. Making a dress this way becomes devotional, with every thread representing hours of loving attention. Over seven years Allan is transformed by the process as much as the nettles are.
The challenge of making zero carbon clothing means re-learning ancient crafts: foraging, spinning, weaving, cutting and sewing. Finally the dress is worn by one of his daughters, back in the woods where the nettles were picked.
A modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft.
Due to the logistics of the tour we are not able to offer a live Q&A, but have a 30 minute filmed interview between Dylan and Allan covering FAQs, following the film.