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Live Before You Die| 5mins
Director: Tom Lloyd | Producer: Tom Lloyd
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United Kingdom
Subject Tags: environment, europe, spiritual awareness, united kingdom
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"Live Before You Die" is a modern-day dream-time, the freedom of a life on the road in an English Summer. Traveling the length of the country and back again with a pair of horses and a gypsy caravan, "Live Before You Die" is the ultimate horse-drawn road movie, following a band of travelers with handcarts, goats, donkeys and ponies along green lanes to the fairs and festivals of England. Shot entireley on a hand-cranked clockwork Russian super 8mm camera during a nine month journey, the footage remained unviewed for 13 years until seeing the light of day in 2008. DIRECTOR'S NOTE: Back in 1995, I found myself sitting round a fire on a protest camp in Devon. I had spent the previous year or so living at and filming protests. Around the fire was a group of people who had been traveling the green lanes of South West England with handcarts, goats, donkeys and horses. I woke up the next morning realising that the only reason I had been living and working in London was to earn enough money so that I could go and live in the countryside, and so I made a promise to the people around that fire that I would meet up with them again in a few weeks with my own horse drawn turnout. A few weeks later I set off from Appleby Horse Fair in the North West of England with a pair of fell ponies and a hand-cranked clockwork Russian super 8mm camera on a nine month journey that would take me the length of England and back, and change my life forever. It was an amazing time in my life. I then sat on the film for 13 years without having even looking at it, waiting to get the money together for a telecine and the right opportunity to use it. And then in 1998, I felt the time had come to let the film out of the can and begin the editing process. And so began a whole new journey in trying to track down everyone in the film to get consent forms. People's lives had moved on. I tracked people down in Australia, in Spain, Portugal and have reconnected with so many people who I had lost touch with completely. Some had died. The film has found a welcoming audience among people who, like myself, back then were looking for an alternative way to live, a new direction. It has been a pleausure to share that journey, and I hope the film might inspire others to live out their dreams and to take the opportunity – now – to "Live Before You Die".

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