Shot over a moonlit night, THE ELVERMEN is an atmospheric film that reveals the last of a hidden community hunting an endangered fish.
As the sun sets on the banks of the River Severn on the outskirts of an impoverished city in the UK, a group of men gather in a race to catch a vanishing creature; the elusive elver.
After a day working in a print factory in Gloucester, Dave drives to the moonlit banks of the River Severn to hunt for an elusive fish, the rare elver (baby-eel), supposedly worth more than their weight in gold. Over the course of a night we experience the mysterious world of the Elvermen: the addictive gamble and stake-out amongst fathers, sons, brothers and friends. Phone calls of frustration and joy echo down a river lit by headtorches.
THE ELVERMEN shows how a rite of passage has changed into a fight for values: of tradition, community, and a connection to nature in an environment of impending change.
Supported by the BFI Doc Society ‘Made of Truth’ Grant
“An atmospheric account”- Variety, On Filming the Elusive Elver
“Grounded and elegiac” - The Quiet Power of The Elvermen
FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
Official Selection SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST 2021 (UK Competition)
Official Selection CORNWALL Film Festival 2021
Official Selection UN FOOD X Film Festival 2021
Official Selection Hebrides International Film Festival 2021
Directed by Isla Badenoch
Produced by Joe Binks
Cinematography by Anna MacDonald
Sound Design by Mike Bovill @ 750mph
Original Score by Mike Day
Colour Grade by Vlad Barin @ Cheat
Executive Producer Lisa Marie Russo (BFI Doc Society)
Production Manager Hannah Bush-Bailey (BFI Doc Society)