The Felling

An epic tale of people power

The Felling In Sheffield, one of Europe’s greenest cities, trees are disappearing. Behind it is a powerful council, armed with contractors and police. This shocking David-and-Goliath tale documents the tireless campaign of local citizens from 18-90 years old, who rise up to stop the destruction of their city's healthy street trees and help save the planet. When a court injunction from Sheffield City Council threatens the peaceful protesters with bankruptcy and imprisonment, they are forced to ask themselves: How far am I prepared to go to save a tree?

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"Brilliantly edited together” – Fan Carpet

"Blood-boiling” – The Guardian

"The heroes of The Felling are the protesters, by and large mild-mannered and grey-haired...The villains of the piece are men in hi-vis jackets who carry fences and chainsaws.” – Big Issue

The Producers

Jacqui Bellamy – Producer and Self-Shooting Director
Living in Sheffield since 1993 and graduating in Fine Art. She moved swiftly into the film industry doing sound and later stills photography, ranging through drama & documentary for broadcast TV and cinema; academic documentaries; Turner Prize and Tate Gallery installations; and 13 years as photographer at Sheffield International Documentary Festival. She has also lectured in Film Sound at Sheffield Hallam University. When Jacqui became aware of the tree campaign in late 2016, she decided to document events for posterity. As the authorities upped the ante against campaigners, she could see a vérité documentary in the making.

Eve Wood – Producer, Edit Director and Editor
Eve, known as Everdien in her native Holland, is a feature documentary producer, director and editor with a Masters in film and TV science from the University of Amsterdam 1995 and studied TV Production at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first feature documentary, the now classic 5 star critically acclaimed music documentary Made in Sheffield - The Birth of Electronic Pop ( DocFest 2001), featuring The Human League, ABC, Cabaret Voltaire) and the follow up, The Beat is the Law - Fanfare for the Common People (LIFF in 2011) about the rise of the legendary band PULP and the world famous label WARP, have been screened on TV, Cinemas and Festivals worldwide (Sky Arts UK, Showtime USA, Japan, Taiwan Golden Horse).

Making The Film

In 2020 Jacqui Bellamy asked Eve to come on board as the edit director and editor of what became 'The Felling' and Eve's production company Sheffield Vision, which she runs with her husband, executive producer and writer Richard Wood, took the film on.

Working through 500 hrs of Jacqui's footage and interviews as well as protesters footage, radio clips emails, what's apps and legal papers, Eve and Richard were convinced that a captivating feature documentary could be made. They found Jacqui’s bold approach of going straight into the action incredibly brave. ‘She managed to capture an amazing mix of the disturbing, the comedic, the moving and the absurd with all the ingredients for a gripping David and Goliath drama.’

Jacqui, Eve & Richard hope this film shows the arrogance of public bodies and multinationals that seemingly feel they can get away with misleading the public to protect their own interests at the expense of innocent people standing up for what they believe in.

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