Saturday, 8 December 2012

The Moon And The Sledgehammer (film)

An unusual 1971 film about a family who chose to reject modern society is being screening at the Towner Gallery on the 16th of December.

The Moon And The Sledgehammer was directed by Philip Trevelyan and produced by Jimmy Vaughan. It shows the Page family - a elderly father and his four adult children - who lived in the Sussex woods and earned what living they needed by repairing old machinery. While in some ways a standard family set up for the time - the men are the ones who repair the machines while the women embroider, garden and play music - the Pages' lifestyle was also eccentric in that they lived an isolated existence without mains power or water. Lasting 65 minutes, the colour film is made up of un-narrated footage of the Pages going about their daily lives and interviews with them discussing their individual dreams and philosophies. 

The Moon And The Sledgehammer was re-released in 2009 and is now also available on DVD from the website if you would like to see it but cannot get to the Towner screenings.

Towner Gallery, Sun 16th Dec, 11:30, 14:30.
Free admission.

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