Category Archives: Films

The Wrecking Season

The Wrecking Season, a film by Nick and Jane Darke

The Wrecking Season
Image Source: BBC

Excerpt, from the BBC

The North coast of Cornwall in the UK is one the best collection points in the world for long haul drift. When a SW gale blows for three days, artefacts and natural objects from Labrador down to the Amazon wash up on these shores.

This film follows playwright, beachcomber and lobsterman Nick Darke, onto the beach during one stormy winter and records all his discoveries, tracing everything he finds along the coastline back to its source, via the telephone and the internet.

After seeing this film, stepping onto a beach may never be the same again.

Until his untimely death, Nick lived on Cornwall’s rugged and beautiful north coast. He came from a long line of seafarers and he still practised the right of ‘wrecking’, an ancient pastime that intriguingly put him in touch, through phone calls and the internet, with fishermen and oceanographers round the world.

This haunting film, photographed by Nick’s artist wife Jane, which uses atmospheric and evocative archive shot by his father, captures a unique portrait of his daily work as he combed the wild seashore for the wonderful hardwoods, exotic sea beans, and fascinating artefacts. But also, poignantly displays the vast amount of plastic pollution, fishing paraphernalia, marine plastic debris of all kind, ceaselessly deposited on Cornwall’s beaches by the ocean’s long haul drift.

He and his wife, the painter and film-maker Jane Darke, built up a unique picture of coastal communities around the Atlantic, and the flotsam and jetsam that travels between them, making friends with fishermen, scientists, oceanographers and fellow beachcombers.

It’s an uplifting tribute to a remarkable man whose house, garden and whole existence are full of the wonderful things he found and whose data and observations feed into important global ocean research and investigations.

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The Wrecking Season

BBC article

The First Animated Beach Drawing Film

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WATCH: Youtube video, Uploaded 03-14-2010.
Jamie Wardley, Finn Varney and 15 Yorkshire artists have collaborated to make the first animated beach sand drawing at Filey, North Yorkshire. It is entitled an idea is like a seed, if you feed it then it may grow. It took four hours to make and lived only for the time of the tides.

Excerpt, By Jamie Wardley

“An idea is like a seed” I babbled the night before in front of the team whilst in the pub who had offered to let five of us stay there for the night for free, “If you feed it then it may grow beyond all your imagination.” I had a pint of Black Sheep to aid me in my oratory. “And this is what I mean, this was once just a simple idea and now we are all sat here ready to make a giant sand drawing tomorrow.”

Read Full Article, The Making of The First Animated Beach Drawing Film

Sand In Your Eye: Sand Sculptures and Sand Drawings Gallery
Read, and view, more about Jamie Wardley and the Sand In Your Eye Team.

Sandinyoureye, Sand and Ice Sculptures

North Carolina’s Legislation on Hardened Structures Reconsidered

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By Santa Aguila Foundation

North Carolina law has prohibited hardened structures on its beaches and inlets for more than two decades. A handful of private beachfront homeowners are attempting to undo the ban that has set a national example and protected these public beaches.

This documentary in The Beaches of The World series was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Glenna Patton.

Join our campaign to support the ban on hardened beach structures.

Erosion and Sea Level Rise on North Topsail Beach

Erosion and Sea Level Rise on North Topsail Beach, North Carolina

By Santa Aguila Foundation

Another documentary in The Beaches of The World series, World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey, along with area locals, offer their perspective in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA.

This documentary in The Beaches of The World series was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Glenna Patton.

Topsail Beach Nourishement

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North Carolina: A Journey on the Coast

Journey on the coast, North Carolina

By Santa Aguila Foundation

North Carolina has, arguably, the best record in the United States of protecting its coastline and making most of their beaches accessible to the public. In 1985, the North Carolina legislature voted a law prohibiting the constructions of jetties, groins and seawalls, as well as stone revetments, structures installed to protect the coastal residents from the changing littoral zone. However, in 2008, a handful of homeowners on Figure 8 Island pushed the state to reconsider their decision with another vote.

This documentary in The Beaches of The World series was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Glenna Patton.

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North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving

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WATCH: “The Beaches Are Moving Video,” featuring Orrin H. Pilkey. A UNC-TV video © University of North Carolina Center for Public Television

By Santa Aguila Foundation,

World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem.

This documentary in The Beaches of The World series was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Glenna Patton.

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“The Beaches Are Moving” is a 60-minute documentary that focuses on North Carolina’s barrier islands. It describes common beach processes, as well as processes that are unique to the barrier island system. Produced in 1983 by UNC-TV, this documentary focuses on the work of Duke marine geologist Orrin H. Pilkey Jr.

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