wetheuncivilised, A Life Story

“ A stunning and sensitive journey into ecology, humanity and spirituality.” The Cube Cinema
“ Moving… Tragic… Inspiring ” Bruce Parry
“Once in a while a film comes along that has profound impact –
this is a delicious taste of what can be.” Polly Higgins

Disillusioned by a story of consumption and alienation, a couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK in search of the seeds of a different story, and with it hope for the future.

Set against the backdrop of Lily’s pregnancy, the film follows the couple on an intimate and life-changing journey as they confront the stark reality of our times, and discover a hidden culture of connection and belonging.

Threaded together by the reflective voice of Lily and Pete, A Life Story tells a tale of both deep grief and inspired hope, unearthing the structures that perpetuate ecological destruction, whilst providing a soulful exploration of our humanity and our yearning to live in relationship to one another and the natural world.

A rich tapestry of interviews, vignettes, animations and travel footage, the narrative draws upon conversations with grassroots activists and leading figures of the UK ecological movement, including: Satish Kumar (The Ecologist), Polly Higgins (ecocide lawyer), Bruce Parry (filmmaker), Jewels Wingfield (ecofeminist), Simon Fairlie (The Land), Peter Owen Jones (clergyman), and the late Patrick Whitefield (permaculturist).

A Life Story is an invitation to explore the beauty, joy, pain and potential of life, and to show that another way is possible.

  • Lily Rose Sequoia
    Director
  • Peter Sequoia
    Director
  • Lily Rose Sequoia
    Writer
  • Pete Sequoia
    Writer
  • Lily Rose Sequoia
    Producer
  • Pete Sequoia
    Producer
  • Lily Rose Sequoia
    Key Cast
  • Pete Sequoia
    Key Cast
  • Lilian Simonsson
    Editors
  • Gani Naylor
    Editors
  • Keith Ellis
    Music
  • Carrie Tree
    Music
  • Beth Bee Love
    Music
  • Geoff Robb
    Music
  • Wafer Audio
    Sound Mix
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Environmental, Ecology, Spirituality, Sustainability, Green, Activism, Social Change, Nature Connection, Travel, Community, off-grid
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 41 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    DVX 100
  • Aspect Ratio:
    3:2
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Community Screening, The One Church
    Brighton
    United Kingdom
    June 4, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Cherry Wood project
    Bath
    United Kingdom
    June 14, 2016
  • Big Green Week
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    June 15, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Hubnub
    Frome
    United Kingdom
    June 18, 2016
  • Glastonbury Festival
    Glastonbury
    United Kingdom
    June 23, 2016
  • Community Screening, Chiselborough Village Hall
    Yeoville
    United Kingdom
    June 26, 2016
  • Community Screening, Zig Zag
    Glastonbury
    United Kingdom
    July 1, 2016
  • Community Screening, Steward Wood Community Woodland
    Devon
    United Kingdom
    July 3, 2016
  • Community Screening, Totnes Transition Film Night
    Totnes
    United Kingdom
    July 5, 2016
  • Community Screening, Landmatters
    Totnes
    United Kingdom
    July 6, 2016
  • Community Screening, Embercombe
    Devon
    United Kingdom
    July 19, 2016
  • Buddhafield Festival
    Taunton
    United Kingdom
    July 15, 2016
  • Community Screening, Feed Bristol
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
  • Community Screening, The Milky Moon Cafe
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    July 26, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Wild Goose Space
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    July 28, 2016
  • Community Screening, Hawkwood College
    Stroud
    United Kingdom
    August 1, 2016
  • The Green Gathering

    United Kingdom
    August 5, 2016
  • The Northern Green Gathering
    Belper
    United Kingdom
  • Off-Grid One Planet Community Festival
    Exeter
    United Kingdom
    August 12, 2016
  • Earth First Gathering
    Devon
    United Kingdom
    August 18, 2016
  • Stoneywood Community woodland
    Wirksworth
    United Kingdom
    August 20, 2016
  • The Ritz Cinema
    Belper
    United Kingdom
    August 23, 2016
  • Shambala Festival

    United Kingdom
    August 25, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Yoga Studio
    Horncastle
    United Kingdom
    August 30, 2016
  • Permaculture Convergence
    Ilkley
    United Kingdom
    September 2, 2016
  • Community Screening, Regather
    Sheffield
    United Kingdom
    September 8, 2016
  • Community Screening, YHA
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    September 10, 2016
  • Community Screening, Sprint Mill
    Kendell
    United Kingdom
    September 14, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Glad Cafe
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    September 18, 2016
  • Community Screening, Edinburgh University
    Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
    September 21, 2016
  • Community Screening, St Andrews University
    St Andrews
    United Kingdom
    September 22, 2016
  • Community Screening, Leeds All Hallows
    Leeds
    United Kingdom
    October 8, 2016
  • Community Screening, Number 28
    Belper
    United Kingdom
    October 13, 2016
  • Community Screening, Crabapple Co-op
    Shrewsbury
    United Kingdom
    October 14, 2016
  • Magic Lantern Cinema
    Tywyn
    United Kingdom
    October 16, 2016
  • Centre for Alternative Technology
    Machynlleth
    United Kingdom
    October 18, 2016
  • Community Screening, Earth Heart Centre
    Forest of Dean
    United Kingdom
    October 22, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Sustainability Centre
    Hampshire
    United Kingdom
    October 30, 2016
  • Community Screening, Green on the Screen
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 21, 2016
  • Community Screening, NewCross Learning Centre
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 23, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Old Tree Brewery
    Brighton
    United Kingdom
    November 24, 2016
  • Community Screening, Village Hall
    Forest Row
    United Kingdom
    November 27, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Subud Centre
    Lewes
    United Kingdom
    December 2, 2016
  • Community Screening, The Friend's Meeting House
    Lewes
    United Kingdom
    December 1, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Vimeo
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • wetheuncivilised
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video / Disc
Director Biography - Lily Rose Sequoia, Peter Sequoia

Pete and Lily Sequoia are first-time filmmakers on a quest to cultivate positive social change by un-earthing an ‘uncivilised’ story of relationship, connection and belonging.
Their journey started almost 8 years ago, when Lily met Pete on a summer’s day in Brighton. They had each left their London lives behind them, and were each looking to make sense of the world... Pete and Lily spent the following years peeling back the layers of their ‘civilised’ conditionings, in an attempt to unearth a narrative that spoke to a deeper part of themselves.
In 2011 they were married. When most other people were buying homes and settling down, they made a life-changing decision: they bought an old truck on e-bay with 2-months rent, and embarked on life on the road.
In 2013, with no filmmaking experience they bought a second-hand camera and set off across the UK, in search for the seeds of a different story, and with it hope for the future. When, in the first month of filming, Lily became pregnant, their quest took on a whole new level of meaning.
In the year of filming and the 2+ years of editing that followed, they continued to grapple with the paradox of modern life, as they pursued their endeavour to make their first feature length documentary. They managed financially by working on weekends, and in-between filming. They were living in the truck, where they edited about 90% of the film, which also had its challenges… They were parked-up on soon-to-be-evicted land, and adjusting to their new role as parents, not to mention the cold, damp, dark winters - which drove them (computer, baby and bags of washing in tow) on more than one occasion to friend’s houses, in search of support and some civilised comforts like a reliable power-source, and a hot bath!
In Summer 2016, they completed the film and set off, (now a family of three), on a Community Screening Tour across the UK, powered entirely by biofuel. For 5 months, they screened the film to over 2000 people, at over 40 venues from festivals to church halls, independent Cinemas, to off-grid yurts, raising money for local community projects, and making enough from donations to keep them on the road.

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Director Statement

The film is more than just a film, it's a starting point for conversation, and a catalyst for action. This year we are developing the project around Community Screening Kits and a grassroots Community empowerment project, called Firecircles. We believe that when we create opportunities to share our life stories with others - the things that bring us joy and the things that bring us grief – these exchanges can sustain us in times of challenge, and allow the resilient threads of connection and mutual aid to be woven. It is in this coming together of community that our individual and our collective power sits, and this is why we believe that the film is just the starting point.