Part of Now & Next
‘Field Notes on Love’ by Sam Firth, commissioned as part of Now & Next 2020, is broadcast now on BBC Arts. ‘Field Notes on Love’ is available to watch online at BBC Arts here.
‘Field Notes on Love’ is an essay love poem told in the third person, a celebration of a spectrum of ways of being and of woodland ecosystems. Exploring the relationship between two people, the filmmaker and her husband, and the woods around their home, the film charts attempts to express the different ways two people see and hear the world around them.
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson.
Image description: A film still shows a white person with grey hair and a grey beard, wearing a wooly jumper. They are obscured by the winding trunk and branches of a tree covered in lichen.
Sam Firth is a filmmaker living in Morvern Highlands. She makes first-person documentaries that explore scientific and philosophical ideas and which are often poetic in their form. She is particularly interested in our relationship to the natural world and the prism of narrative through which we experience everything. She often uses nature as an allegory to express ideas of memory, the body and our inner experience.
Now & Next was a talent development scheme in partnership with Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland that ran from 2019 to 2022.