HorseMen brings together two passions – horses and landscape and transformation. I guess that’s three passions.
I’ve had to find a new way of filming for this movie – to express the visceral power and sweat and texture of the horse. We’re moving onto 4K to do justice to the mountains of the Cairngorms and the wide waters of the Dee. But the most extraordinary privilege is being allowed to accompany the men and women who are taking their courage in both hands to find out how horses can help, or even demand, they grow into themselves.
Amy Hardie is a documentary director who graduated from the National Film and Television School in 1990 with the BP Expo prize for best student documentary (Kafi’s Story). Her debut feature The Edge of Dreaming was the first Scottish feature documentary selected for competition at IDFA in 2009. It screened in cinema slots on television such as POV, YLE, “La Lucarne’, Arte, VPRO, BBC, and is translated into 12 languages. After a science feature, Stem Cell Revolutions, Amy made the innovative Seven Songs for a Long Life, a documentary in Song, playing international festivals (including SXSW) and touring US.
Seven Songs for a Long Life
Amy's feature documentary which was filmed in the remarkable Strathcarron hospice over five years. It premiered at SXSW film festival in 2016 and was shown on PBS (POV) and BBC and a host of other international festivals and channels.
You can find out more how and where to watch the film, buy the DVD (home or educational versions) on the film's dedicated website.
"This incredibly moving documentary is all the more affecting because of the unsentimental way it’s told." Leslie Felperin The Guardian
"remarkable and hugely dignified" The Herald
Stem Cell Revolutions
Featuring beautiful hand-drawn animations and interviews with leading stem cell scientists, STEM CELL REVOLUTIONS charts the history and scientific evolution of stem cell research – from the earliest experiments that first revealed stem cells in the body, to leading current scientific and clinical developments. You can watch the whole film here.
"an elegant and deeply instructive piece of work, with wide potential for raising awareness of the promise and possibilities of stem cell science" Cell Stem Cell Magazine
The Edge of Dreaming
This is the trailer for Amy's acclaimed documentary film, THE EDGE OF DREAMING. (The DVD is available on Amazon.)
This review is from the Guth Gafa Film Festival in Ireland:
Amy Hardie’s powerful film Edge of Dreaming headlines the 5th Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival – it’s a remarkable story about premonition, family and the power and reach of the human mind. Festival director Neasa Ni Chianáin believes Hardie’s film sums up all we fear and admire in our own psyches.
“It’s a profoundly optimistic film, an illustration of the process that we all experience but few understand – the dream.”
“Apart from the fact that the film is beautifully shot and constructed there is a sense that Hardie has delivered to us a means of taming the dream. The edge she speaks of is the line between the conscious and the subconscious; madness and reason; this world and another. It’s a hugely empowering film and perfect to open Guth Gafa.”