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The purpose of the film had grown out of our common interest in the ‘enoughness’ of things: Schumacher’s idea of a simple, sustainable and attractive way of life working in tandem with sustainable development. But it wasn’t Schumacher that bound us together, it was Francis, better known as St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment. Although Francis hadn’t written, ‘Small is Beautiful’, he certainly embodied much the same principles as Schumacher. Francis had been our initial and abiding inspiration leading us towards a film that we believed would give people the chance to gain a completely different perspective on life, one that held some tough choices but ultimately more rewarding than the current state of affairs. Three other sources of inspiration came from very different quarters. The first was John Lane, a writer, painter and educationalist who was instrumental in the creation of Schumacher College at Dartington Hall near Totnes in Devon. John Lane wrote several books but ‘Timeless Simplicity: Creative Living in a Consumer Society’ and ‘Only Connect Soil, Soul, Society.’ were instrumental in influencing the film. The second was The Centre for Alternative Technology and Sustainability in Machynlleth, Wales that amongst numerous other innovations started the recycling revolution. The third was A Rocha, an organisation that aims to protect the environment through local, community-based, conservation, scientific research and environmental education that I first came across at a Franciscan Friary. It was on these sources that the film was based and formed the backbone that was fleshed out with a story that was full of character and drama.

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