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The Beekeeper

A beekeeper on the island of Anglesey faces losing her ancestral home to the development of a nuclear power plant.

  • William McGregor
    Gwen, His Dark Materials, MisFits.
  • William McGregor
  • Iain WhiteWright
    Who's Afraid of the Water Sprite?
  • William McGregor
  • Sam Heasman
    Doctor Who, Britannia
  • Katie Hayward
    Key Cast
    "Herself "
  • James Edward Barker
    Music by
    Lean on Pete, Gwen
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, short, nature, environment
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - William McGregor

William is a filmmaker hailing from rural Norfolk.

His BAFTA Cymru winning and BIFA Nominated debut feature film 'Gwen' premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018 and was nominated for the Best British Film Award at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

William has also directed Emmy and BAFTA award-winning TV Drama and Cannes Lion award-winning Commercials. His short film work includes 'Bovine' (Berlinale 2010) and 'Who's Afraid of the Water Sprite?' (Royal Television Society Award for Best Student Drama 2009).

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Director Statement

Katie’s tale is a genuine David v’s Goliath story. A woman and her bee’s taking on a giant Japanese tech firm intent on building a nuclear power plant on her ancestral home. It’s a story about following your passion and dreams, even in the face of extreme adversity.

I first met Katie at a Q&A screening of my film 'Gwen'. We stayed in touch over social media and it soon became very apparent to me that I had to tell her story. So I loaded my car with wet weather gear and camera equipment to go and spend time with Katie at her farm on the northernmost tip of Anglesey.

I quickly came to learn that Katie was more than just the headlines regarding her struggle with the nuclear power plant, she is a funny and bubbly woman. Often known as the Barbie Beekeeper. An inspiring character who I feel very fortunate to have been able to get to know over the making of this documentary.