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Walks of Life

A short documentary which celebrates being in the places that we turn to again and again, whether times are good or difficult. From Paul's photographic trip around Exeter's streets, to Jo and Adam's meditative walk along Devon's River Otter and Cathy's Atlantic coast ascent of Rame Head, these journeys through South West England have a place in the heart for each walker.

  • Andy Thatcher
  • Paul Ramsay
    Key Cast
  • Jo Swift
    Key Cast
  • Adam Swift
    Key Cast
  • Cathy McCabe
    Key Cast
  • Ross Gill
    Sound/ Production assistant
    Hell's Bells, The Search Party
  • Richard Knox
    Sound/ Production assistant
    Curtain Call
  • Matt Norman
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Environmental, Mental health
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 16, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    350 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD, Sony A7iii
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Two Short Nights
    United Kingdom
    November 30, 2018
    Microfilm Commission 2018
Director Biography - Andy Thatcher

Andy lives in Exeter with his wife and daughter and forever itches to be out exploring. He is finally doing what he meant to do after school, and is completing a Film and TV Masters at Bristol University and preparing for a PhD under the supervision of visionary director Gideon Koppel. His first film, Walks of Life, was commissioned by Exeter Phoenix and premiered at Two Short Nights in November 2018. His second, Abridged, premiered beneath a Medieval bridge at Kaleider's inaugural Mikrofest, 2019. Alongside other works inspired by Lamplighter's Marsh, his third film, Strands, will be featured at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment 2019 conference. His photography has appeared in The Guardian. He contributes to Biophilic TV, pioneering immersive technology which relieves stress and pain in hospital settings. He has weaknesses for disaster movies and Eccles cakes.

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Director Statement

Outdoor walks are central to my own wellbeing. My family have walked the same circuit on East Sussex's Ashdown Forest for nearly 40 years, and Devon's Woodbury Common has, over the past decade, become the place I will turn to in difficult times. I wanted to get to know some like-minded people and let them share their walks and why they matter, both with me and with the viewer.
Walks of Life was commissioned by Exeter Phoenix in March 2018 and is my first film - Paul's walk was, in fact, the first time I'd shot anything at all. I was blessed to get great support from everyone at the Phoenix, my production support, and four generous and enthusiastic participants.
I want audiences to get a good flavour of each walk and a sense of the important role they play in the lives of each walker. I also want audiences to ponder how they, too, might be nourished be a favourite walk, no matter whether big or small, urban or rural, remote or round the corner.