FOREST OF CROCODILES
One of the most refreshing docs on South Africa to have emerged in years
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Mark Aitken founded the Short Film Agency in 1993, taught film production at Central St Martins and has worked with numerous schools, colleges and community groups. He has written and directed many short films, commercials and promos including the award winning 'Vegas Shift' and the digital feature, 'Same Same But Different'. The Polkadotsonraindrops produced documentary 'Until when you die' was nominated for a Silver Cub award at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in 2006 and is now playing at festivals internationally. Mark is also a published writer of fiction - most recently in the Aesthetica journal of new writing - and a regular contributor to the London based community arts station Resonance FM.
"In January 2008 I visited my mother in South Africa and I found the white rural community she lives in very pessimistic about the future and in particular being ruled by an African government. Then the first national power cuts started serving as the perfect metaphor for them being plunged into African darkness. I set out to make a film about their fears and how they dealt with them. The crocodile served as a good metaphor a reptile that stopped evolving but still survives. Along my journey, I discovered many different types of crocodiles and was amazed to find people who had embraced their fears and overcome them finally offering some hope for future harmony in this troubled country."