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‘The most pleasing name since Boaty McBoatface’

Aloha!

Greetings from golden, autumnal London . In nature, it’s a season of change and readying to rest. Not so for us here at Team Home. We are all a-go-go ahead of UK cinematic release this week. (I can’t stop grinning as I write that phrase.)
 
 

Autumn in Hokkaido, Japan from 2011 when Sarah and Hercules were cycling southwards

Autumn in Hokkaido, Japan from 2011 when Sarah and Hercules were cycling southwards
 
Top Five Six New Things To Know from Team Home:
1) The lovely Maren Sheldon, Queen of Creative (she of the albatross and squiggles)  is busying to hatch a shiny tiny new human in coming days and we wish her so much love and wellness.
2) We won our second award this week – ‘People’s Choice’ from the fabulous Shextreme Film Festival, alongside High Passes by Cosima Barzini. Thank you, Audiences and Dr Ruth Farrar for curating such a positive, force-for-good festival and Alliance.
3) Our very first review hot off the press today – in the Guardian. Always a mix of cringeworthy, exciting and nerve-racking to read about yourself and your work, but we’re really happy with this.
I especially like the line:

‘And she calls her boat Happy Socks, which is the most pleasing boat name since Boaty McBoatface‘.

4) Cinematic release this week in the UK, opening with Hackney Picture House Thursday 17th, Reading Showcase Friday 18th. Who’s coming?
5) Sarah is giving a talk in Llangollen, Wales this weekend. Tickets here.

6) I almost forgot number 6 – We got accepted into Banff! So that will be our North American Premiere, right there. 

​Our Distribution Chief, Jonny Tull, is working on booking in more cinemas to the 30 or so we already have lined up over the next couple of months, so keep checking the film website for screenings. And I’ve pasted them in below, too.
Until next time,
Ooty McTootFace x

 

PICTUREHOUSE HACKNEY, LONDON + Q&A with Sarah
Date: 17 October 2019 Venue: Hackney Picturehouse, London More information
SHOWCASE CINEMA, READING + Q&A with Sarah
Date: 18th October 2019 Venue: Showcase Cinema de Lux, Reading RG41 5HG More information
RITZ CINEMA, BELPER
Date: 21st & 23rd October, 2019 Venue: The Ritz Cinema, Belper, Derbyshire More information
PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL, SWANAGE + Q&A with Sarah
Date: 22th October 2019 Venue: Durlston Castle, Swanage, Dorset More information
NEW WALK GALLERY, LEICESTER + Q&A with Sarah
Date: 25th October 2019 Venue: New walk gallery, Leicester, Leicestershire More information
BARN CINEMA, DARTINGTON
Date: 28th – 30th October 2019 Venue: Barn Cinema, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EL More information
LEXI CINEMA, LONDON + Q&A with Sarah
Date: 29th October 2019 Venue: Lexi Cinema, London NW10 3JU More information
RHEGED CENTRE, PENRITH + Q&A with Sarah (30th)
Date: 30th October, 1st – 6th November, 8th Nov, 11th – 13th Nov Venue: Rheged Centre, Penrith CA11 0DQ More information

NOVEMBER

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, CANADA
Date: 2nd November 2019 Venue: Banff Centre, Banff More information
SQUARE CHAPEL ARTS CENTRE, HALIFAX + Q&A with Sarah (6th)
Date: 2-6th November 2019 Venue: Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, West Yorkshire More information
REGAL CINEMA, MELTON MOWBRAY
Date: 4th & 7th November 2019 Venue: Regal Cinema, LE13 1XA More information
CULTUREPLEX, MANCHESTER
Date: 5th November 2019 Venue: Cultureplex, Manchester, UK More information
SHOWROOM, SHEFFIELD + Q&A with Sarah (5th)
Date: 5th, 15th, 16th & 18th November Venue: Showroom, Sheffield, S1 2BX More information
STORYHOUSE, CHESTER
Date: 6th November 2019 Venue: Storyhouse cinema, Chester More information
ZEFFIRELLIS, AMBELSIDE
Date: 8th November 2019 Venue: Zeffirellis, Ambelside, LA22 9AD More information
THE FORUM, NORWICH FILM FESTIVAL + Q&A with Sarah
Date: 9th November 2019 Venue: The Forum, Norwich NR2 1TF More information
PAVILIONS TEIGNMOUTH
Date: 11th November 2019 Venue: Pavilions, TQ14 8BG More information
PHOENIX, EXETER
Date: 12th November 2019 Venue: Studio 74, The Phoenix, EX4 3LS More information
FORUM CINEMA, HEXHAM
Date: 12th & 13th November 2019 Venue: Forum Cinema, Hexham NE46 1XF More information
BANCHORY, SCOTLAND +Q&A with Sarah
Date: 14th November 2019 Venue: Douglas Arms Hotel, 22 High St, Banchory AB31 5SR More information
KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL +Q&A with Sarah
Date: 15th November 2019 Venue: Brewery Arts Centre, Screen 2 More information
THE DUKES, LANCASTER
Date: 15th & 21st November 2019 Venue: The Dukes, Lancaster LA1 1QE More information
THE POLY, FALMOUTH, CORNWALL
Date: 20th November 2019 Venue: The Poly, Falmouth More information
PLYMOUTH ARTS CENTRE
Date: 22nd November 2019 Venue: Plymouth Arts Centre Plymouth PL4 8AT More information
HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE, WEST YORKSHIRE + Q&A with Sarah
Date: 23rd November 2019 Venue: Hebden Bridge Picture House, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD More information
KALA SANGAM, BRADFORD
Date: 26th November 2019 Venue: Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford More information

NORTHERN LIGHT CINEMA, WIRKSWORTH

Date: 27th November 2019 Venue: Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG More information

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Laurels, ahoy!

We come bearing happy news of the expanding list of cinemas already onboard for our UK release of ‘Home’ and *drum roll* our first win.  Laurels, ahoy!

We picked up ‘Best Adventurer’ at the Feminista Film Festival last weekend, with some lovely words from the judges.

“This was a beautifully told story of strength and vulnerability. Sarah is somehow both superhuman and relatable. This film was multi-layered. We feel her joy and her pain. Her resilience was very moving and the storytelling was powerful. The depiction of Sarah’s emotional struggles was innovative and effective.”

In other festival news, we’ve been accepted into the mighty Graz Mountain Film in Italy and the lovely Kendal, too. Norwich and Purbeck Film Festivals as well. I’ll be doing a Q&A at Bristol’s Shextreme this Friday, too, though that’s all sold out. 

Meanwhile, check out the ever expanding list of cinemas already signed up for screenings as we approach UK release next month.  Keep checking the website as it’s growing all the time. So fear not if it hasn’t made it your way…yet. 

 

TOUR DATES SO FAR


SHEXTREME FILM FESTIVAL, BRISTOL
+ Q&A with Sarah
Date: 4th October, 2019
Venue: Watershed, Bristol

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CENTRAL SCOTLAND DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Date: 13th October 2019
Venue: Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

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PICTUREHOUSE HACKNEY, LONDON
+ Q&A with Sarah
Date: 17 October 2019
Venue: Hackney Picturehouse, London

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SHOWCASE CINEMA, READING
+ Q&A with Sarah
Date: 18th October 2019
Venue: Showcase Cinema de Lux, Reading RG41 5HG

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RITZ CINEMA, BELPER
Date: 21st & 23rd October, 2019
Venue: The Ritz Cinema, Belper, Derbyshire

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PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL, SWANAGE
+ Q&A with Sarah
Date: 22th October 2019
Venue: Durlston Castle, Swanage, Dorset

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NEW WALK GALLERY, LEICESTER
+ Q&A with Sarah

Date: 25th October 2019
Venue: New walk gallery, Leicester, Leicestershire

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BARN CINEMA, DARTINGTON
Date: 28th – 30th October 2019
Venue: Barn Cinema, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EL

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LEXI CINEMA, LONDON
+ Q&A with Sarah
Date: 29th October 2019
Venue: Lexi Cinema, London NW10 3JU

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RHEGED CENTRE, PENRITH
+ Q&A with Sarah (30th)
Date: 30th October, 1st – 6th November, 8th Nov, 11th – 13th Nov
Venue: Rheged Centre, Penrith CA11 0DQ

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NOVEMBER


SQUARE CHAPEL ARTS CENTRE, HALIFAX
+ Q&A with Sarah (6th)
Date: 2-6th November 2019
Venue: Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, West Yorkshire

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REGAL CINEMA, MELTON MOWBRAY
Date: 4th & 7th November 2019
Venue: Regal Cinema, LE13 1XA

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CULTUREPLEX, MANCHESTER
Date: 5th November 2019
Venue: Cultureplex, Manchester, UK

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SHOWROOM, SHEFFIELD
+ Q&A with Sarah (5th)
Date: 5th, 15th, 16th & 18th November
Venue: Showroom, Sheffield, S1 2BX

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STORYHOUSE, CHESTER
Date: 6th November 2019
Venue: Storyhouse cinema, Chester

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ZEFFIRELLIS, AMBELSIDE
Date: 8th November 2019
Venue: Zeffirellis, Ambelside, LA22 9AD

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THE FORUM, NORWICH FILM FESTIVAL
+ Q&A with Sarah
Date: 9th November 2019
Venue: The Forum, Norwich NR2 1TF
More information

PAVILIONS TEIGNMOUTH
Date: 11th November 2019
Venue: Pavilions, TQ14 8BG

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BANCHORY, SCOTLAND

+Q&A with Sarah

Date: 14th November 2019

Venue: Douglas Arms Hotel, 22 High St, Banchory AB31 5SR

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KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Date: 15th November 2019

Venue: Brewery Arts Centre, Screen 2

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THE DUKES, LANCASTER
Date: 15th & 21st November 2019
Venue: The Dukes, Lancaster LA1 1QE

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THE POLY, FALMOUTH, CORNWALL
Date: 20th November 2019
Venue: The Poly, Falmouth

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HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE, WEST YORKSHIRE
+ Q&A with Sarah
Date: 23rd November 2019
Venue: Hebden Bridge Picture House, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD

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KALA SANGAM, BRADFORD
Date: 26th November 2019
Venue: Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford

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NORTHERN LIGHT CINEMA, WIRKSWORTH
Date: 27th November 2019
Venue: Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG

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Home

It’s finally here!

Our film ‘Home’ about the London2London:Via the World journey. Crafting it was a beast and a half, a journey in itself. Ultimately, thankfully, it was a healing one, too. 

It has been such a privilege and so much fun to work with Jen on it and we look forwards to sharing with you in due course.

Home – Trailer from Jen Randall, Light Shed Pictures on Vimeo.

We had a screening last night at the iconic House of Vans, London for friends and family and sponsors. Surreal and very special and full of grins and tears.

Jonny Tull is currently putting together a cinema tour for the autumn and we await to hear from film festivals as to whether they’d like us to join them. We will update when we have a gather of dates. I know I’ve been useless in updating the website this past wee while – come find me on social media! 

Twitter: @sarahouten

insta: sarah_outen_home

For now, I hope you enjoy the trailer. 

Go well,

Sarah 

#OutwardJourneyInward #WomenInFilm 

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Of storms, trees and sunshine

Aloha! 

I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since I posted anything on my blog. And yet I can believe it, too. It has been an absolute corker of a year, for better and for worse. Hooray for Autumn and me both being here.

Part of all that I have met

In the spring of this year I rather fell apart. Swept away in the storms of PTSD and depression, it was a messy and frightening time. Spending time with horses, climbing trees and hugging them, paddling and swimming,  and lots of talking and time outside with friends who understood all helped and I am now much healed and stronger and wiser for it. 

Updates of this and that to follow in weeks to come, but for now a quick update on our film…

‘ Home’ the Film

Filmic Genius and gem of a human being Jen Randall is working her magic on ‘Home’, the film we are making of the London2London journey. It has been one heck of a journey making it and is shaping up into something we are both very proud of. We are aiming for sharing in Spring 2019, details to follow. 

Krista came all the way from Canada to paddle in Wales

Jen has been working with some of the Kickstarter supporters on their own film projects and I have been lucky enough to take 17 people paddling on the Thames, in return for their support. This weekend I have my final paddler – a surprise 18th present from a Mum to her daughter!

We are still looking for some final funding, so do email me ( hello@sarahouten.com) if you want to support it with purchase of my books, the film itself when it is ready or an online Skype call, talk or Paddle and Picnic. 

And thanks to everyone who has supported or sponsored so far. 

Go well,

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

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Kickstarter launched : can you help?

 

Folks,

I know I’ve been quiet for a while, but there’s good reason for it – busy with projects and life. The most exciting of them all is this film project with kickass film maker Jen Randall. 

Fresh. Authentic. Dynamicly textured. Playful. Unafraid to delve deeply. Our feature film will be no straight narrative, but will explore the inner and outer journeys through a mix of film sequences, images, sound and text. Questions will thread the film, answered in a variety of ways, reflecting the curiosity that we know the story creates. How do you cope with the loneliness? Where do you go to the loo? How did you choose your route? How did you prepare mentally? How do you sleep ion the boat? What was it like coming home? 

And, of course, Why?

We launched our Kickstarter campaign yesterday, raising nearly £6K in 24 hours via 86 backers. It was so exciting watching the totals jump and skip upwards, and humbling to read the messages of support coming in for the film.

So, now to the hard graft of filling in the rest of our £40K target by 28th October. The way that Kickstarter works is that you only get the pledges if you reach or exceed your target. 

To do that we are calling on everyone we know and everyone they know, far and wide and wider still, to share, share, share the project and back us if you can. Rewards range from the film, to other films, to my books, to adventure mugs, film making sessions and picnics.

Here’s the link: Kickstarter : London2London

Thank you in advance!

 

Sarah

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