2nd Film showing : What children are we leaving our planet?

What children are we leaving our planet?

What children are we leaving our planet?


 FRIDAY 24th January 6.30pm for 7pm start


The film is 55min long, French with Subtitles.

£3 on the door (to cover room hire + film)

It was great to see so many people at the community centre in November for the screening of this film, which I feel particularly passionate about! The reasons being, I have two chidren who are at primary school and because the school the film is about is situated just near to where I grew up in La Drome, in Provence. Having been to school in France and not had a great time of it, it is so refreshing and inspiring to see how one headteacher, within a supportive community, can create such a great school.

L’Ecole du Colibri is situated in the agroecological community of les Amanins, a place of living, working and inspiring others by conferences, work days, seminars etc. The main ethos of the school is that of a cooperative method of learning and teaching. What really struck me about the film was the very common sense recognition that it takes more than being good at maths and english to become a happy, contented, well balanced human being! We are emotional beings and to recognise that and to allow time for the expression and understanding of emotions in a primary school setting is of such vital importance. Teaching children how to learn, how to learn together, hand in hand with how to deal with the conflicts that naturally occur when “living” and learning together. Coupled with time to relax, be outdoors, learn hands on and to be aware of and prepared for the world our children are growing up in, I feel this is what education should be all about.

If you missed the screening there will be another chance to see the film on Friday 24th January at 6.30 for a 7pm start at the community centre in Bungay. We will have an informal discussion after the film and there will be an opportunity to share some thoughts on how to take some of the ideas of the film to your local primary school, there will be copies of the film available to borrow.


Eloise Wilkinson

eloise.wilkinson@gmail.com / 07842897172

Queen of the sun screening this Friday!


I hope you can join us for a screening of Queen of the sun: What are the bees telling us? Friday 12th April 7.30pm at Bungay Community centre.

£3 Entry,bring your own drinks if you would like.

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.




Screening of "Play Again" Friday 22nd February

Play Again

Sustainable Bungay would like to invite you to the next film night at the Community centre in Bungay on Friday 22nd February, 7.30pm at Bungay Community Centre.

Play Again is a documentary film exploring the consequences of a childhood removed from nature. The film follows a group of american adolescents as they are taking into the wild,away from the 8 hour average time they would be spending in front of a screen on a daily basis.

Lots more info about the film and to see the trailer : http://playagainfilm.com/

Many of the films we show are free to screen to the public, but sometimes we pay for the right to do so (generally between £25 and £100), we also hire the room at the community centre. For this reason film nights are £3 minimum donation. You’re welcome to bring your own drinks (we have glasses).

More about our film nights:

In 2013 Sustainable Bungay’s new Film Nights at the Community Centre open with two documentaries about our critical reconnection with the earth. On 22nd January we’re showing Play Again, an award winning Ground Productions film exploring the consequences of a childhood removed from nature, directed by Tonje Hessen Schei. This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no mobile phone coverage, no computers.

On 12th April Bungay Community Bees presents Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Film Night for Bungay

Sustainable Bungay Presents it’s first film night in Bungay. On Friday 23rd November at 7.30pm at the community centre on Upper Olland  street. We will be showing the Four Horsemen by Ross Ashcroft. 23 different thinkers discuss the flaws in the current economic system.They then go on to consider this a favourable time for change and that real alternatives are out there .A film that will hopefully be interesting and inspiring!

To view a trailer: http://www.fourhorsemenfilm.com/watch-now/

Entry : Suggested minimum donation of £3 .

Lift sharing: Please use the google group to offer or request a lift.

Download a poster: You could print it and put it in your window!

Bring your own drinks,there will be popcorn for sale. Contact Eloise for more info : eloise.wilkinson@gmail.com  



Cinema Paradiso – Film Nights with Sustainable Bungay – Friday 13th April at 7.30pm

This Friday Sustainable Bungay with Waveney Greenpeace are showing new documentary film, The Crisis of Civilisation. In this cross-post from a film week on This Low Carbon Life (Transition Norwich) Charlotte Du Cann chooses amongst the many documentaries that have shaped our thinking and ways of seeing the world. Films that have made us wake up, open our eyes, changed our point of reference.

Our experience of life depends on our perception of the world, and media of all kinds influence this, overtly or subtly. A film can restrict or corral our worldview, or expand it and show us new territory.

Most films offer escape and glamour, and dwell in realms that have little to do with our ordinary lives. But some bring reality home. Make us look at things we would rather not look at, the places we don’t normally see. The oil fields in the Ecuadorian rainforest in Joe Berlingers’ Crude. Food factories, bullied farmers, tar sands, strip mining, melting glaciers. The consequences of our industrialised culture.

Transition often starts off in small grassroots cinemas, in halls and studios, with films that look at peak oil and climate change, ranging from the confrontative (Gasland, The Age of Stupid) to the upbeat (Power of Community). On Thursday Mike Grenville, who runs a Transition film programme in Forest Row, Sussex, will be sharing his tips about showing films, as well as his fave docs. Because this is not just about the documentaries, it’s also about the set and setting in which you see them. Watching Life at the End of Empire would have really been no fun without the feeling I was surrounded by people who were ready to discuss its issues afterwards. Or watching the first Transition movie outside the celebratory context of the TN Birthday Party. They would have made little sense.

So the kind of films we will be looking are not entertainments: they are tools for discussion, sparks that light the fire.

Where do we go to find these films? In Norwich, there are regular documentary screenings at Cinema City, ranging this month from Patience (after Sebald), a photo essay on walking, memory and history, to a World Without Water (with panel discussion afterwards). There is also the monthly film night at the Quaker Meeting House every third Friday. Run as a “busy activist’s alternative to a book club” alongside FoodCycle, the nights began in 2011 with Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and will soon be showing, The Crisis of Civilisation, our Saturday story.

What About Me?
But the film I am choosing today swerves away from these attentions. I saw it at our Sustainable Bungay/Waveney Greenpeace film night last week in Tom Abbott’s barn in the Saints. It’s not about peak oil, or climate change, or digging potatoes. It does not examine the external factors that shape us – the industrial military complex, the domination of the consumer culture – and discuss ways we can mitigate them. It looks at the internal drivers, at our natures that strive for freedom, our bodies and imaginations that reflect the awesome forces of nature and the cosmos. What it means to be human here and now and connected.

Maybe it’s because I don’t travel anymore, or own a television, an I-pod or a radio, that the film, unscripted, shot on video, full of music and dance, made such a bright impression. Maybe it’s because I am surrounded by the tweedy countryside of England, its dun fields, and sober raincoats, all its quiet rhythms, that the colours of Africa and the sharp wit of city rappers and foxy old gurus startled me. I live on plain fare, and so the film appeared in the barn like a gorgeous feast. Oh, brave new world that has such people in it!

However it brought something else home. We live in a civilisation that runs along a vertical axis between mind and body – our world is masterminded by the Empire that fixes its attention on the control and possession of the earth’s physical assets. But this is not the whole story of life. This film was unequivocally framed along the horizontal axis, the dynamic between heart and spirit. The struggles for life (in spite of Empire and its false desires and self-absorbtion) are also a collective, multi-layered shout for freedom, for creative expression, for the mysterious and alchemical forces that run through us, the meaning of our being here together, billions of us at this point in time.

Shot on eight sequences in over 50 locations (which can be viewed seperately) by Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman, the film looks at different aspects of human life from the trauma of childhood to the acquiescence of old age. It is a vibrant, noisy, sassy, colourful mix, interweaving American philosophers, Bedouin musicians, Chinese rappers, Gabonese Pygmies and Tuvan Throat singers, shot on rooftops, balconies, in streets and villages. It’s a long way from the monoculture of the Mall.

In Transition we are as much subject to living in a trapping world of things, of sterile planning, funding, separation and control as anyone else in this culture. To bring the horizontal axis into all we do, to liberate music and creativity from its role as entertainment and escape, and instead see it as central to our lives, is the key to real change. The fact is as people, whatever land or nation we come from, we meet in the moving rhythms and harmonies of the heart. We are on earth together, creating a new narrative. In our minds we are alone and stuck in perpetual war and slavery.

Normally after the films we discuss how the subjects bear on our lives in Transition – The History of Oil, Inuit Wisdom and Climate Change – this time we laughed, got up and shimmied.

Gotta loosen up, gotta dance, gotta get free.

Stills: Singer in What About Me?; growers from Power of Community; East Anglian seaboard from Patience; women in What About Me?; dancing at film night, The Saints.

For more info on Sustainable Bungay film night contact Eloise Wilkinson eloisewilkinson@gmail.com. Films night is at Bacon’s Farm, St Michael South Elmham, 7.30pm. Donations.

A New We | Film Night – 7 October

After a not so restful summer, in my case! Film nights are back. A monthly event taking place on Friday evenings in a wonderful barn in St Michael south Elmham.

Film nights are a joint event between Sustainable Bungay and Waveney Greenpeace. We screen a variety of films dealing with green issues, economics, sustainability and well being. The evenings provide an opportunity to meet like minded people, be informed and discuss issues raised by each film.

On Friday 7th October at 7.30pm we will be screening an inspiring and colourful film about ecovillages and eco communities in Europe: “A NEW WE”.

Austrian Director Stefan Wolf travels to 10 different communities, spread throughout Portugal, Switzerland and Germany, in order to present us with a broad spectrum of lifestyle possibilities. The countries visited include Portugal, Switzerland and Germany.

For more info contact Eloise Wilkinson

Film nights: The Economics of Happiness and coming soon: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

In April we came together in the Abbot’s beautiful barn to watch what I felt was a powerful and thought provoking film. I came away from this film with a sense that the balance of power in the world is based upon the great myth that western culture and modern life is better than less intensive alternatives. It is a widely held belief that our capitalist, consumer culture is so special that everyone should have the opportunity to live like us and share our values. However, our mode of living is so intensive that Globalisation is necessary to feed it and the politics of trade so distorted that obscenely wasteful practices are used to implement it.

The film ably demonstrated that far from being our saviour, globalisation is unnecessarily laying waste to not only our planet but our culture and perhaps also our chances of achieving personal happiness. To illustrate this point the film introduces a people known as the Ladakh. Outsiders considered the Ladakh to be backward and their practises primitive yet they were/are a peaceful, harmonious, happy and (crucially) sustainable culture. Few capitalist consumer societies can claim some or indeed any of these qualities.

Personally, I fail to see what exactly it is that we have that is so much better than what the Ladakh have. In many ways I think that the richness of the Ladakh culture and their understanding of both themselves and their environment is superior to our own! Were we so wise, we might find a way to break free of our dependencies on cheap fossil fuels and endless (perhaps pointless) consumerism.

There was a lot of positivity in the film and the Transition movement is cited as one of several examples of Localisation and how it can help us to not only preserve/heal our planet, but also to achieve a sense of personal fulfilment and happiness that is so often lacking in today’s world. We have freedom of choice. We are free to wake up to what is going on and to do something about it. In the words of Bob Marley we can “emancipate ourselves form mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds”.(Redemption song).

Next Film Showing: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

When and Where: Friday 20th May, Bacons Farm, St Michael South Elmham, NR35 1NF at 7.30PM

“Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change” premiered in 2010. Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.”

The film documents Inuit people’s knowledge and experience of climate change. Interviews with elders and hunters explored the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. The film sparked a lively discussion; oral history and ancient wisdom clashing with modern scientific methods of observing and measuring a mutating landscape. It was apparent to us all that a dramatically changing environment and lifestyle thousands of miles away will be something we will be facing ourselves before long.

by Eloise Wilkinson