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GUEST,Jon Dudley The Moon and the Sledgehammer (6) RE: The Moon and the Sledgehammer 16 Mar 11

This is highly recommended. The website has DVDs for sale of this interesting film. Whilst it has no 'folk music' content it documents the way of life of surely the most eccentric family in Sussex. I suppose you'd call it 'Steampunk' most literally in the current vernacular. What sets it apart from the documentaries of the time (circa 1971) is the unusually high quality of the film making and the many questions it poses about the characters themselves; no wonder when you check the CVs of the makers. The interviewer is never heard above an occasional whisper and some of the shots are stunning in their beautiful simplicity.

The film has been cult viewing for many over the years and I first saw it in Brighton as a support film for 'The Wild Angels' would you believe. When we went to Pinewoods in 1996 (I think it was) we took a copy and showed it there - reactions were varied from incredulous to charmed to "I hope that the social services are looking after these people". Most could not believe that it was possible to live such a life in England...we've learned since that it is definitely possible to live that life in remoter parts of the US! The nearest I've seen to this production from the USA is 'My brother's keeper' - a movie documentary covering very serious matters -it had a huge effect on Bob Copper.

Buy a copy of The Moon and the Sledegehammer- it's marvellous.

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