Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Last Song of the Nightingale - a documentary

"My name is Katie Stacey, I am a producer, and along with my partner Luke Massey, who is an award winning wildlife photographer, we are passionate about birds. And we genuinely believe this film can make a difference to changing people's perspectives of birds, and their importance to humans. We have filmed together for numerous different projects and most recently you can see our work on the the BBC's 'Natural World: Super Fast Falcon', Netflix series '72 Cutest' and Channel 5's 'Wild Britain'. We are both keen conservationists and have filmed as part of the team that produced Chris Packham's online film 'Cyprus: Massacre on Migration'.

We have already begun filming 'The Last Song of the Nightingale' and the first story we've shot, 'Singing With Nightingales', was shortlisted for the Arts & Humanities Research Councils Film Festival for the Inspiration Award.

Why the nightingale? Well it is now one of the countries most endangered songbirds, in the UK the nightingale has declined 90% since 1970 - it has felt the full extent of habitat destruction, pesticides, climate change & persecution. Of course the nightingale's story is not a standalone case, and 'The Last Song of the Nightingale' will use the nightingale as the poster species to explain how all our migratory birds are facing the very same issues.

Using a unique storytelling blend of animation, natural history and documentary style filmmaking, 'The Last Song of the Nightingale' will explore the nightingale's story.

As the eminent Biologist and inventor of the term "Biodiversity", Thomas Lovejoy, said; "If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world."

You can read more about the project and our team on our Crowdfunder page:

We are trying to raise £10,000 to complete the documentary.

Finally, we are also looking for any stories you and your members might have about the nightingale - they can be anything from legends, historical tales to nightingales on your local patch! We have already shot some wonderful stories and have some fascinating ones yet to film.

Very best wishes,

Katie Stacey"

Katie is happy to answer any questions you might have about the project and can be contacted via her website