James Stier, Director

James Stier

Email: hellocc442b2f7e2ea5d88c931f23bb22301f@jamesstier.co.uk

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Website: www.jamesstier.co.uk

Languages spoken: English

Last Fisherman

  • Documentary
  • English
  • 75 minutes
  • 1

Malcolm Baker is the last traditional Fisherman in the Rame Peninsula, a beautiful, sleepy and forgotten corner of Cornwall, England. Still fishing like generations of fishermen before him, he relies on traditional tools, techniques and a knowledge of the sea. Malcolm makes crab pots by hand, repairing and restoring his hand built wooden boats and sowing his nets.Malcolm keeps the local fishing tradition alive.Without any formal education he learnt his craft from the generations that went before. At over 70 years old the sea is etched into his face, his hands, his heart. He is a holding pattern, preserving a dying industry and a constant reminder of a way of life that doesn't exist anymore; the world around him has changed. His occupation, his village and community are continually evolving at a rapid pace. He finds himself out of time, even a little out of touch, struggling to understand his place in the world. However when it looked impossible for him to continue an unlikely friendship formed with an Austrian youth worker whose passion for a simpler way of life and the preservation of these traditional skills leads to a future no one would have ever expected. Last Fisherman is a reflection and celebration of ones man life life; a life that has impacted more than just a community, but the next generation. It provides a reminder that progress, industrialism and rapid change can have a harmful impact on industries, communities and individuals. Not to mention the legacy of our forefathers. Nevertheless, in the face of change their are individuals stout of heart who band together; they favour the old ways, celebrate hard graft and always do a ‘proper job'.

Selected by: The Film Network

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Biography

My own professional story is the balance of two roles, by day a Creative Director at We Are Ronin - a Plymouth based video production agency and by night a documentary filmmaker. The result is beautifully crafted, character driven, creative documentaries and emotionally engaging, artistic, commercial projects for cool businesses and unique organisations. In both roles I consider myself to be an immersive creative, meaning I work closely (and sometimes live) with the people who are important to the story so that we may go on the adventure together - engaging with their lives and participate in activities to better understand their world. This process builds rapport, then friendships. It allows me to assess the story and locations photographically before working with a larger crew. I am confident this approach makes me a better storyteller, better creative professional and hopefully a bit of an adventurer.

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