The Costs of Energy
United Kingdom, United States of America 2014, 58′
Editing: Jane Hodge
Photography: Juliet Brown
Music: Graham Hadfield
Sound: Howard Peryer, Tom Drew
Producer: Juliet Brown
Armagrandi Hotel, Saturday 13:00- 15:00
Synopsis: No community along the Gulf Coast was hit harder by the 2010 BP oil disaster than Grand Isle, Louisiana, a blue-collar fishing village perched on a spit of sand 50 miles south of New Orleans. The beach community was right in the path of the disaster’s toxic crude and foamy chemical dispersants. How has this island community come to terms with the worst man-made ecological disaster in the US history?
Director: I grew up in multicultural Singapore and my first film making experience was in Cambodia as part of my undergraduate degree, giving a poetic voice to conflict resolution films in 1992. An interest in traditional skills took me to Maine, USA to apprentice as a wooden boat builder. I went on to make shorts about iconic characters along the coast of Maine. Much of my work explores how people interact with their landscapes. I returned to the UK to do a Documentary Direction MA at the National Film & Television School and my graduation film, Noah’s Canoe (2011) was short listed for The Royal Television Society’s Postgraduate Factual Award. This story is set in Maine’s north woods. It follows the journey of Noah, a transgender male as he moves from a difficult past into a healing future, finding his place as a man in a family of his own. Ecocide – Voices from Paradise (2014), my first hour-long documentary, is about a small Louisiana community impacted by the 2010 BP oil spill. A Bertha Foundation/NFTS Docs for Change graduate award has helped fund this film. I am based in London working as a freelance camera person and mentor young filmmakers.