Documentary & Adventure Short Films

Saturday 4 April 2020 – 15:00
106 mins
Certificate: DFF 18
Venue: Dorking Halls

The Dorking Film Festival asked filmmakers in Surrey, the South-East and the rest of the UK to send us their short films. Here are nine of the best documentaries and adventure films on the theme of adventure, travel and/or sports. Suit up for a history of beekeeping in Twickenham, step up a gear for the story of what it’s like to drive a Ferrari and dodge the Tube to discover some radically different ways to commute into Central London. Prizes will be awarded to the best films in each category in this group at the end of the session.

Documentary & Adventure Short Film Programme

Young Adult Documentary

Buying My Dream Ferrari
Director: Luke Whatley-Bigg.
UK, 2019, 5 mins.
Every car has a story and none more so than a Ferrari! Luke Whatley-Bigg reveals the passion behind a dream to own one of the world’s most well-known sportscars.

One Minute To Save The World
Director: Kira Birley & Isobel Kings.
UK, 2019, 1 min.
Two young women discuss the loss of green space due to building and construction work in this short film shot in Effingham & Bookham.

The Problem with Accessibility
Director: Grace Campbell.
UK, 2019, 8 mins.
Getting around is a given for most people but how easy is everyday life for those with mobility issues? This documentary by a filmmaker based in Byfleet conducts a social experiment into everyday disability access.

Director: Stephen Saffrette.
UK, 2019, 5 mins.
Swinley Forest, Bracknell is the setting for this film on sport of mountain biking. The director Stephen Saffrette is a student at Woking College.

Adult Documentary

The Benz Patent Motorwagon 1886
Director: Colin Lewis.
UK, 2019, 6 mins.
Guildford filmmaker Colin Lewis unearths the story behind the one of the world’s first automobiles, the Benz Patent-Motorwagon, and the pivotal role Bertha Benz played in promoting it in the late 1880s.

Centenary Film
Director: A D Cooper.
UK, 2019, 8 mins.
A D Cooper explores the history of The Twickenham and Thames ValleyBeekeepers’ Association looking at the insects they care for and the history of some local apiarists.

Director: Julia Frances.
UK, 2019, 16 mins.
Buildings and their inhabitants can have a life all of their own. This film explores the daily lives of the occupants of Gascoigne estate in east London before it gets demolished.

A Natural Code
Director: Christina Ceuca,
UK, 2019, 10 mins.
Computer science and conservation combine as viewers embark on a journey,from the secret world of mathematical ecology to incredible Turing patterns in nature both above and below the waves.


Expedition to the Plant Chad
Director: Andrii Andreiev.
UK, 2019, 5 mins.
Ukrainian filmmaker Andrii Andreiev journeys to Chad and the Saharan desert in the heart of Africa, a place so remote and mysterious that it could be another on another plant to those of us living in Europe.  

Hers To Take
Director: Annie Martin.
UK, 2019, 9 mins.
Four women, including the filmmaker herself, explore the benefits of risk-taking in outdoor adventure sports.

Ways To Work
Director: Matthew Williams-Ellis.
UK, 2019, 21 mins.
A dissatisfied man chooses adventure over the humdrum by exploring different ways to commute to work from Acton to central London. The urban jungle never seemed wider!


Image from Expedition to the Planet Chad showing in Adventure Short Films.