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Memories of Dartington

A wealthy American heiress and her English husband attempt to build Utopia. A new film embraces a collection of archive film, stories and photos. It attempts to conjure up some of the wonderful essence and legacy of Dartington and those that have been enraptured by its wonderful environment.

Made with affection and using archive footage, the film delves into the story of Dartington Hall. Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst moved to Devon in 1925 to set up a utopia in the beautiful grounds of Dartington Hall. They bought a ruin and rebuilt it into a place of magic, beauty and art, as well as developing local industry. Since then, many students, teachers and luminaries have been there, including Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Lucien Freud, Ravi Shankar and the social reformer Michael Young.

Told with reverence, and a bit of mischief, it features the music of Gilbert Gabriel (The Dream Academy) a recounting of Dave Thompson’s (Ex-Tinky Winky) student days at Dartington College and an interview with Anna Neima, discussing her book The Utopians.

The soundtrack features the ethereal ‘Into the Realm’ which features singer and cellist Caroline Lavelle (Radiohead, William Orbit) and bassist Clare Kenny (Sinead O’Connor, The Indigo girls). Their remix of the song, ‘The Snow it melts’ is enchanting. The film includes artwork by Alice Leach

Directed by Gilbert Gabriel with production by Aidan Hoyle and Alice Leach.

MEMORIES OF DARTINGTON at the Barn Cinema on October 29th at 20:00-21:00
Tickets £10
Box Office Tel: 01803 847070.Every day 13:00-19:00.

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