When you grow up loving nature, how do you cope with the possibility of losing it all?
Back to the Garden? is a short documentary by Michelle Golder
A personal study of a unique woman at a pivotal time, Back to the Garden? explores the ways a community garden and the ethos of its founder have inspired and educated filmmaker Michelle Golder and many others. Charlotte Synge was the 7th child of an impressive set of parents - Nobel prize-winning biochemist Richard Millington Synge and Virginia Woolf's niece Dr Ann Stephen, both of whom were highly active in the peace and environmental movements and brought their children along. After an early escape to sea, two sons, and a professional life in science research, Charlotte has invested her later years in the most direct environmental action possible – permaculture gardening. The film briefly introduces Charlotte's history, the beautiful community garden she founded in Cambridge, and some of the diverse people who are learning and taking part there. But it also touches on what it feels like to love nature, and to be active and knowledgeable in relation to the earth's environment, at a time when it is about to face catastrophic change. The film ends with Charlotte once again joining a march, through the medieval streets of Cambridge, calling for the university, at which her grandmother gave the first ever lecture in psychoanalysis, to divest from fossil fuels. Can we go back to the garden? Or is it already too late?
Back to the Garden was completed in September 2018. Information about screenings to follow. If you are interested in screening this 21 minute film, contact email@example.com.
Written, directed and edited by Michelle Golder
Neil Oseman - The Garden; Jonnie Howard - The Panel, The Rally; Oggie Tomic - The Rally
Still Photographs: Elena Moses, Michelle Golder, Rebecca Lindum Greene, John Jeckel
Empty Common Theme Composed and Performed by Lachlan Golder
Empty Common Gardeners
(in order of appearance)
Eira Gwynne Carlyn
James and Euan Clunie
Traditional Scottish Folksong Will You Go Lassie, Go (Wild Mountain Thyme) performed by
Rebecca Lindum Greene and Fay Roberts
With Marlis Horgan
Panel Discussion “Being Part of the Solution” recorded at Anglia Ruskin University.
With thanks to the ARU Global Sustainability Institute, Dr Alison Greig and Felicity Clarke
(in order of appearance)
Marcel Llavero Pasquina – Cambridge Zero Carbon Society
Edward Gildea – Cambridge Climate Alliance
Jenny Langley – Fossil Free Cambridgeshire
Drummers: Jane Hollingworth, Obe Heginbotham; Guitar and Songleading: Ian Turner; Singers: Jo Thulborn, Janet Walker, Wendy Hardeman, Sharron Mahoney, Sue Rogers, Andrew Bradford
Rally Song: Song for the Climate (Do It Now!)
Music: Traditional (Bella Ciao), Lyrics: Nic Balthazar and Stef Kamil Carlens
The Empty Common Community Garden Blog: http://emptycommongarden.blogspot.com/
The Permaculture Society: https://www.permaculture.org.uk/