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Bata-ville: We are not Afraid of the Future

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John Podpadec

Synopsis

Bata-ville is a bittersweet documentary record of a coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire in Zlín in the Czech Republic. Against the backdrop of regeneration in their local communities, former employees of the now-closed UK shoe factories in East Tilbury (Essex) and Maryport (Cumbria) are led on a journey that begins as a free holiday but soon becomes an opportunity for a collective imagining of what entrepreneur Tomas Bata's maxim 'We are not afraid of the future' means for them in 21st- century Britain.

Inspired by the contrast between the idealism of Bata and the more recent industrial decline of East Tilbury and Maryport, host/directors Pope and Guthrie lead this unorthodox coach party on a journey through Bata's legacy.
 

Details

Year
2006
Type of film
Features
Running Time
93 mins
Format
DVD/DigiBeta
Director
Nina Pope, Karen Guthrie 1st Feature
Producer
Andrew Chitty
Co-Producer
Andrew Chitty
Editor
Doug Howarth
Screenwriter
Nina Pope, Karen Guthrie
Director of Photography
John Podpadec
Sound
Paul Baker
Music
Tim Olden
Principal Cast
Sean Guthrie (Roads to Siam), Thurrock Spectrum Brass

Production Company

J Goodings Pie and Mash Shop
257 Well Street
London E9 6RG
UK

T +44 (0)20 8985 4900

directors@bata-ville.com
http://www.somewhere.org.uk
http://www.bata-ville.com

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Company

Somewhere.org.uk
J Goodings Pie and Mash Shop
257 Well Street
London E9 6RG
UK

T +44 (0)20 8985 4900

directors@bata-ville.com
http://www.somewhere.org.uk