When The Rare Orchid Blooms

Indifare Finalist

Director and Producer Name

Sarah MacGregor

About Director

Sarah has been working in fringe theatre, experimental video art/music videos and narrative film making for a number of years and trained originally as a theatre director at Middlesex University before winning an award for a short screenplay which led to an interest in working in digital video and film. A film course in shooting 16mm film followed at Goldsmith College where she was supported by the Fuji Film Award. Sarah studied for an MA in History of Film and Visual Culture at Birkbeck/BFI developing her interest in visual archival research. She is one of the founder members of FilmCafe Co-Op an indie film and media company based in East London aiming to ‘make film making sustainable’ by working on micro budgets with ensemble film crews and casts, shooting on location with natural lighting and focussing on lowering the production’s carbon footprint as far as possible understanding that this has an impact sometimes on the film’s technical qualities ( ! ) but also adding value to the communities and locations that the films are shot in. FilmCafe Co-Op is focussed on working with female crews, cinematographers/ directors/ producers in an attempt to keep pushing forward women’s representation in the fantastic art form of Film making. Sarah has completed 2 micro budget features recently ‘The Fable of Isabella’ (2019) an eco horror/ghost film that highlights issues of flooding and coastal erosion and now ‘When The Rare Orchid Blooms’ (2021) a documentary following a passionate campaign to save a re-wilded Thame Side site in Kent. Sarah is currently in development on a feature about Elizabethan poet Christopher Marlowe and environmental documentary feature ‘Tale of 4 Rivers’ following local campaigns to challenge water companies over their terrible record of contaminating some of our beautiful rivers .

Film Overview

The post-industrial landscape is celebrated as sublime in this raw and authentic documentary re-calling the style of punk/DIY and dogma. This indie film made during the height of the pandemic in Kent in the UK follows a passionate local campaign to save a much loved re-wilded site from developers.

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