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British Vogue, Happy Pride from the Middle of Nowhere

Ned Botwood


Quotes from Vogue: "This joyful documentary addresses the misconception that queer people don’t belong in the countryside." During a four-day road trip hopping between different counties, director Ned Botwood visited seven LGBT+ people thriving on the rural fringes of the UK. Speaking to each about the ways in which nature supports and nurtures them exactly as they are. "The film unpacks the ‘Smalltown Boy’ legend, popularised by the anthem by Bronski Beat. The trope of queer youth striking out for the big city to find themselves, leaving their small-minded town behind. Revealing that for some, community ties and self-understanding are easier to find when there are fewer people around. The film is a love letter both to nature and to those embracing their nature.”

Ned Botwood tell affectionate stories about nature, friendship and adventure.​ His work is characterised by warmth, a wicked sense of fun, and an abundance of saturated colour. As well as a deep nostalgia for the rural British landscape.​ Recently, he shot a Pride documentary for British Vogue. Travelling across the West Midlands in a van to meet seven LGBT+ people living on the rural fringes of the UK.