Bridport Arts Newsletter
Film Thursday 5 October, 2023 7:30pm

The Nettle Dress (12A)

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.

The Nettle Dress (12A)

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.


Dates & Tickets

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Thursday 5 October, 2023 7:30pm Buy Tickets
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Dinner & show offer

Enjoy an evening at Bridport Art Centre’s Pantry Restaurant.

*A pre Show Supper is available with this event* 

The menus will be published alongside the event two weeks before the show. Vegetarian options available.

There will be an option to add your supper to your cart when you book the event. 

£14.95 two course /£17.95 three course 


"This is an exquisite film. Extremely beautiful and helpful for anyone suffering loss or grief. An inspiration."


"Craft transformed by imagination into art, like an alchemical allegory."


"If you've ever wondered what the earth would have fashion do, this is your answer."