Capetown Movie was made over the course of a year and filmed by Ben Barden, it was produced, edited and directed by Ben, Rin and Rin’s wife Abby. Capetown was entered into the 2012 Kendal Mountain Film festival where it won the ‘Best Mountain Culture Film’ while up against some serious competition from around the world.
Capetown Movie follows the progress of a puppy hound called ‘Capetown’ who becomes affectionately known as ‘Bess’. Hound Trailing is a NON-bloodsport and is native to Cumbria and the English Lake District with a level of training and commitment of any elite athlete. Trail hounds run un-accompanied for upto ten miles around the fells and mountains of Cumbria, chasing a scented trail. It really is a wonderful sight and sound to hear the hounds howling, whooping and barking in the far distance, it is clear they absolutely love it and clearly adore the treats at the end of the race!
I joined Ben, Rin and Abby on a couple of occasions to capture some still images to accompany the film, back stage really but it was obvious all the way of the passion and commitment that the guys had for the film, sport and of course the people involved.
Capetown Movie has a truly captivating story line and the cinematography is simply exquisite, from cute puppies to ‘Oh my’ this ten minute film has it all, I am certainly no Mark Kermode when it comes to film reviews but I think an award from the worlds biggest and most varied event of its type in the world kind of says it all…………
See for yourself, you can view the Capetown Movie trailer by clicking HERE following its win Capetown will now set off on its world tour of film festivals and hopefully pick up more accolades along the way, as a movie made by local people about a local sport, in a local film festival, its win at Kendal was very special to all involved though and the cheer that went up as the win was announced was very special.
A full length ten minute DVD of Capetown is available from the website HERE, it is really a beautiful piece and would make a lovely quirky Christmas gift to the person that you *think* has everything.
Don’t worry, normal wedding blog posts will resume very soon and I promise to start catching up this week 🙂
Hound Trail Association: http://www.houndtrailing.org.uk
Ben Barden Photographer and Film maker: http://www.benbarden.co.uk
Abby Harman: http://abbyharman.co.uk
Kendal Mountain Festival: http://www.mountainfest.co.uk