Watermark is a documentary feature film about Buckland Mill, the historical paper mill in Dover. It was produced by Dover Arts Development (DAD) and part-funded by the Kent Film Office through the Kent Development Fund.
The preview took place on 6th March 2012 at and the audience included various people involved in making the film; the Vice Chairman of Dover
District Council and the Town Mayor, as well as many former Mill employees.
Cllr Paul Le Chevalier said “I would like to congratulate DAD and everyone connected with the production of the excellent film Watermark. I found it to be an exceptionally interesting piece of social history, highlighting the importance of Buckland Paper Mill to the people of Dover. The mixture of archive pictures and real interviews really brought it to life”.
The Mayor said “I thought the film was absolutely brilliant, a wonderful piece of social history and it’s a pity we haven’t got more of this type of work to keep for future generations”.
The 90-minute film was written and edited by Marianne Kapfer and Dominic de Vere. It has an original soundtrack that was composed by Robert Jarvis. The documentary explores the history of the mill that was closed in 2000 and resulted in 300 job loses.
Screen South, the region’s creative development agency for film said that Watermark was “One of the stand-out success stories of the region”. Dr Tim Strangleman, Professor in Sociology at the University of Kent, calls it “A filmic paean to work and working class culture: richly evocative, thought provoking and profoundly moving.”
There will be another screening of the film on May 9th 2012 at 4pm at The Gulbenkian in Canterbury.
For more information about the film: http://www.watermark-film.com/home.html