Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust

Talk & Film: Exploring Natural & Human History within the Local Commons

Exploring Natural History within Commons w350A talk by Pave Page and film extracts by Jessica Sarah Rinland

Venue: Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Hurst Grove, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF

Date and Time: Wednesday 29 March 2017, 7.30pm

Tickets: £3 per person available at the door

The Esher Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest is still home to some remarkable and rare wildlife. Young dynamic local filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland takes a fresh look at Elmbridge Borough Council’s Commons through her forthcoming film ‘Black Pond’, a two year project made in close collaboration with Countryside Estates Officer Dave Page and Elmbridge Natural History Society members.

The film originates with two photographs of a young boy taken in the summer and winter of 1939 at Black Pond, Surrey. Using archive photographs, maps, aerial surveys, infrared photographs and filmed event of recent felling, the film explores human’s relationship with and within landscape and nature. Together with excerpts from ‘Black Pond’, this lecture will explore not only how these wild places and species provide a window into our past but also our own interactions with nature.

Jessica Sarah Rinland is an artist-filmmaker whose work was shown internationally, winning numerous awards. Natural history, science and the use of celluloid are her recurring themes. She won the ICA Award for Best Experimental Film for ‘Electric Oil’ at the 2013 London Short Film Festival.

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