Trapped by Plastic

‘Trapped by Plastic’ is a short documentary film about award-winning Photographer Mandy Barker, whose work highlights the devastating and far-reaching impact of marine plastic pollution.  

We met Mandy in 2020 after she completed an expedition with scientists to Henderson Island (South Pacific Ocean) and some of their findings had been published. Featuring Mandy’s photographs and behind-the-scenes insights that span her decade-long career, the film shows how she developed a distinctive ‘call to action’ using strikingly colourful, intricate images to confront viewers with unpalatable truths.

In February 2021 the London Film Academy hosted an inaugural screening for its Filmmakers’ Club members. In June, the film was shown at the Blue Water Film Festival, the VUB Flagey Festival, as part of the European institutions’ Together-Ensemble programme, while First Move Productions co-hosted a high level panel session on ending marine plastic pollution at EU Green Week

Further festival selections resulted in a Best Mini Doc award from the Legendary DOC Independent Film Festival and honorable mention at the BC Environmental Film Festival. Director Anny Tubbs was also a panelist at the Women Over Fifty Film Festival (sponsored by the Embassy of Belgium’s Delegation of Flanders to the UK). The film featured in the COP26 Blue Zone installation of the British Council, which also shared the film widely online, notably as part of its activities in New Zealand and East Asia. 

The film is included in several exhibitions of Mandy Barker’s work and will be available for viewing on the WaterBear network from 2022.

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