Taste5‘Taste of Bridport’ comprises three short promotional films made for Spirit of Bridport by Watershed PR celebrating the very best that Bridport and the surrounding countryside have to offer. The films are now live at www.youtube.com/spiritofbridport.

The first film “Landscape & Seascape” is an evocative portrait from sunrise to sunset of the beautiful countryside and coastal scenery in and around Bridport in West Dorset.The Video features Colmers Hill, the Marshwood Vale, Eggardon Hill, West Bay, Golden Cap, Charmouth and The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. There are dreamy shots of wildflower meadows, the splash and sparkle of gig boat racing, sweeping shots of quintessential English countryside and sunny beaches. There’s a glimpse of Chideock thatcher Dave Symonds at work and Bridport’s famous street market setting up. The film ends with timelapses of spectacular sunsets over the town and a pearlescent starscape above Colmers Hill.

The whole is set to an original piece of piano music, ‘Chesil Pebbles’, composed and played by Bridport musician Elizabeth Hornby on a 1920s Steinway Grand, (copyright Elizabeth Hornby 2013 all rights reserved; used in this video with Elizabeth’s permission). You can download this track and others from CDbaby and visit Elizabeth’s Facebook Page.

The second film “Food & Drink” is a celebration of the abundant variety of food and drink grown and made in and around Bridport and West Bay in West Dorset.

Video features Bridport Food Festival, Bridport Beer Festival, The Melplash Show, Bridport Farmers’ Market and the WI Country Market. There are revellers at the Bridport Hat Festival enjoying cocktails at The Bull Hotel, cows being milked at Modbury Farm, apples picked at Elwell Fruit Farm, potatoes harvested at Washingpool Farm, carrots for everyone from Bothen Hill Produce, fish from Samways Fish Merchants, oysters for breakfast and seafood for lunch at The Riverside Restaurant in West Bay. The West Milton Cider Company and the Marshwood Vale Cider Company show their wares and there’s a glimpse inside the historic brewhouse at Palmers Brewery.

The film is set to ‘Hearts & Minds’ by Bridport band The Gravity Drive, (copyright 2013 Elijah Wolf Music all rights reserved; used in this video with The Garvity Drive’s permission). See http://www.thegravitydrive.com

The third film “Art & Culture” is a lively view of the eclectic arts and cultural scene in and around Bridport in West Dorset. This historic market town and its surrounding villages are home to many artists, craftspeople and writers. Bridport hosts an astonishing variety of festivals and events, including Bridport Hat Festival, Bridport Open Studios, gig boat racing and the Torchlight Procession, all of which feature in the film. We see inside the studios of artists Kit Glaisyer, David Risk Kennard, Andrew Leppard, sculptor Greta Berlin, potters at New House Farm in Broadoak, Sladers Yard gallery in West Bay and Eype Centre for the Arts (St Peter’s church, in this video showing work by Michael Devlin Taylor). There’s a haunting dance performance of the intercultural love poem Antara, written by Jo-Jo Spinks and performed by Interwoven Productions at Bridport Arts Centre. Painter Marion Taylor talks about Colmers Hill and the Wessex Military Band perform in Bucky-Doo Square in Bridport. There’s also glimpses of local performers including Tinker’s Cuss, FreAK Circus, Bridport Ukelele Group and AC/Beebies. The writer Richard Mabey is seen on stage at Bridport’s Electric Palace with Sue Clifford, formerly of Common Ground, giving local publisher Little Toller Books’ first Kenneth Allsop Memorial Talk.

The film also includes two original pieces of music composed and performed by Andrew Dickson, who lives near Bridport, and is known for his award-winning compositions for film director Mike Leigh. The first piece, ‘Saw’, is performed on a musical saw, guitar and piano, and the second, ‘Dance Piece’, is performed on piano, guitar and viola (copyright Andrew Dickson 2013, all rights reserved; both used with Andrew’s permission in this video).

Bridport Art & Culture is one of three videos filmed and edited by Bridport-based Watershed PR for The Spirit of Bridport group. The other two videos are Bridport Food & Drink and Bridport Landscape & Seascape. All three were filmed by Jonathan Hudston, Stephen Banks and Nick Gilbey, and directed and edited by Stephen and Jonathan. The producer was Sara Hudston. The project was part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007- 2013: Europe Investing in Rural Areas and delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group with Defra as the managing authority.

More about Bridport

Bridport is a beautiful seaside market town and the center of Culture on the Jurassic Coast, with a rich, vibrant, artistic community, award-winning local food producers, restaurants and innovative local businesses. Recently shortlisted as one of ten UK ‘favorite market towns’ in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013, we’re thrilled that our bustling, diverse street market has been recognized for its wide range of traders and fresh, local seasonal produce. Bridport is a unique destination that surprises and excites visitors for so many reasons. Here is just a taste: