The Moon and the Sledgehammer is a film that celebrates the unique independent lifestyle and philosophies of a real family: Mr Page; his two sons Jim and Peter; and his two daughters, Kathy and Nancy.  

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dvdcoverOriginal film
Philip Trevelyan’s unique portrait of the remarkable steam-loving Page family.
Companion DVD
A Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. 
The Moon & the Sledgehammer plus Behind the Moon



Philip Trevelyan’s 1965 film, BIG WARE, is available on demand for the first time.
A portrait of George Curtis, the last traditional country potter, we already see the Trevelyan trademarks of intimacy with his subject, set in a visual poem of minutely detailed images, allowing the viewer to be absorbed into the potter’s life and times.  From the early days when there were 19 men on a team and there was a pot for everything. Then along came plastic.  Potteries closed down, one by one, but George stayed with it till it made a comeback, and found himself “… all on my ownio”.

George’s journey reads like a living history book, from Victorian times where a large milk jug was a standard in every home, through the advent and iniquitous spread of plastic, round full circle to our age of eclectic selectionism where a pottery milk jug is more of a lifestyle statement than a necessary utility.  And all the while George has been digging out lumps of clay to create something of use and beauty.  Trevelyan’s love of work, a theme he was to develop over his career, is evident in every shot.  All the time George is doing  something; digging clay, wheeling it up the hill in his ingenious gravity-propelled bogey, spinning it on his wheel, taking wheel-barrow loads to the storeroom, decorating the pots and talking to customers.  He’s keen to get on and make another good pot.  Among themselves potters judge each other by their big ware, which challenges the potter’s skill on every level.  “You’ve got to keep control of the top else the pot will get away with you.” Wise words that apply to so many situations.

His speciality is big ware; slowly transforming X lbs of clay into an extra large pot.   keeping control of the top “or the pot will get away with you.”


Moon and Sledgehammer features in new film ARCADIA

A new art film, ARCADIA, directed by BAFTA winner Paul Wright, is a poetic reflection of Britain’s shifting and contradictory relationship to the land as it takes us through the four seasons.  The producers scoured the last 100 years of archives at the British Film Institute to create the film, which includes snippets from The Moon and the Sledgehammer, and have come up with the most colourful collection of very peculiar British customs of local celebrations of seasonal rituals.
ARCADIA will screen at the London Film Festival on 8th October at 18.30 in the Curzon cinema, and on 11th October at 15.30 at the BFI Southbank NFT2.


Hello 21st Century! Watch the film at your leisure online

We’ve read your emails.  Lots of you seem to want to have instant access to THE MOON AND THE SLEDGEHAMMER and now you can, in glorious HD.
You can now stream the film on Vimeo.  To celebrate our entry into the 21st century we’re giving the first 100 viewers a half-price offer.  For a mere £1.10 you can watch the film over a 24 hour period.  So don’t miss out on this early bird offer.  Click here and enjoy the film, and do let us know what you think.  Happy viewing!

Those 100 viewings were snapped up fast.  Sorry if you missed out.  You can still view the film at the link above.

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For a limited period only you can also watch BEHIND THE MOON AND THE SLEDGEHAMMER on demand.   This offers an insight into the making of the film and answers some of the questions you’ve been asking.  There is only so much that can be included in a 65 minute film.  Director Philip Trevelyan talks to an audience, answering many questions about how he met the family, why Mrs Page is not seen, and what happened to the family.  He tells us how Mr Page was an aircraft engineer in the first world war and recalls other conversations that were had off camera.  Click here to watch the film now

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Maxine Peake selects The Moon and the Sledgehammer for her Desert Island Docs.

National treasure Maxine Peake, famous for her brilliant acting in Shameless, Dinnerladies and countless theatre and film productions such as The Theory of Everything, The Falling and Silk,  joined Simon Hatterstone of the Guardian to discuss her Desert Island Docs selection during the recent Sheffield Documentary Festival.

We are thrilled and honoured that among Maxine’s selection was our very own film.  Listen to the short clip below and hear her very sensitive take on the film and the Page family.   “What’s extraordinary about it is I don’t think you could ever make another documentary like it ever again.  It’s beautiful; very poetic.  He’s very articulate, Mr Page.  They sort of all are.  There’s something about all of them that their use of language is extraordinary.   They feel like some sort of poem; an ode to another way of life.  the old English ethos, the connection with the land, the pagan element running through.  Something very magical and quite spiritual about it….”


To hear the full conversation and discover Maxine’s other Desert Island Docs please click here


Next screening…     Bewdley, Worcestershire 7 Nov at 7.30pm

Get on down to Bewdley in Worcestershire on 7th November for a screening of The Moon and the Sledgehammer, starting at 7.30 pm.  Part of a double bill, the film will screen with ‘London Symphony’, a brand new silent film – a city symphony – which offers a poetic journey through the city of London. It is an artistic snapshot of the city as it stands today, and a celebration of its culture and diversity.Â

With music by James McWilliam, it has been nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

Tickets are £5.00 and can be purchased at the venue or online here:

Book your tickets now as I’m told they’re going fast.


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A young Kathy Page at her school’s May Day celebrations.
In response to your many questions re the family’s history we’ve  
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Film maker ANDREW KOTTING shares his impressions on the film with us.

Where to begin?
At the beginning?
Before the moon landing?
Wayback before we had the ‘understanding’?
Wayback when time began expanding to become a multi-dimensional uneven post-modern happening?
Wayback before genre mingling and sex changing?
Wayback when there was a lot of smoking?

More here…

35mm filmComing Soon

Full restoration of the 35mm film negative.
Film will be preserved for future generations

Delicious Cheeses made the old-fashioned way

wildes-cheese-25-nice_100g_box_largeWe know the films fans like things done properly, even if it takes a little bit longer, which is why we’ve teamed up with award-winning artisan cheesemakers Wildes Cheese, whose traditional cheese-making methods may be a little slower but are well worth waiting for.

Using the creamiest milk from a single herd of Jersey cows, they lovingly produce both traditional cheeses and exciting, original recipes, from the lightest and most delicate to the ripe and runny. Hand made and slowly matured, we are sure Mr Page would approve. Click here to see more delicious cheese selections