Standing with Stones

The Standing Stones of Britain & Ireland in a feature length film

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The Standing Stones of Britain

If you’ve ever dreamed of travelling through Great Britain & Ireland, visiting the standing stones, stone circles and other fantastic monuments that our ancient ancestors left us, then you will love this film. In excerpt below, presenter Rupert Soskin explains the fascination with the stones and the archaeology.

Feature length documentary

Made by just two men with fantastic film making skills, a camper van and a passion for the standing stones and other monuments left to us by Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestors. The result is a remarkable feature length documentary film and a gorgeous coffee-table book that take the viewer on a journey of discovery, uncovering the true extent and variety of megalithic Britain and Ireland.

About.com review

Rated with 4.5 stars at About.com. Read the full review by K. Kris Hirst here.

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Produced and directed by myself (documentary film-maker Michael Bott) and presented by my old friend naturalist and explorer Rupert Soskin, it is a first-hand account from Rupert of a journey we took through the British Isles and Ireland, starting at the tip of Cornwall and ending on the Scottish Isles, visiting over 100 Neolithic and Bronze age monuments en route. Beautiful to look at (the British Isles have seldom looked this good) and managing (we think) to be both enlightening and entertaining (as well as, at times, deeply moving  the ending always has my wife in tears!), the film explores the diversity and wonder of these extraordinary enigmatic structures. It also looks at some of the theories and nonsenses which attach to them. The entire project was conceived and realised (as in filmed, edited, music specially composed and CGI graphics created) entirely by us – just us two guys with a camera, a camper van, two very understanding wives – and a passion for stones! But though we may have had a boys own adventure (which we enjoyed enormously – listen to the commentary in the DVD’s extras), we believe we’ve also produced a superb broadcast quality movie. Rupert (writer and presenter) has a deep knowledge of his subject, but also a refreshingly open-minded attitude to the  who, the  how and especially the why of the stones construction.

Standing with Stones book coverThe Book

Published by Thames & Hudson,

‘Standing with Stones, a photographic journey through megalithic Britain & Ireland’

is an enthusiast’s guide to many of the lesser known megalithic sites of the UK and Ireland.

We had always planned to produce a book alongside the film and Rupert was thrilled when Thames & Hudson agreed to publish it – and even more so when Timothy Darvil agreed to write the foreword. The book is divided into regions, and each site featured is given its Ordnance Survey grid reference. Some, like Stonehenge and Newgrange, are well known and often visited, but many, such as Fernworthy and Bleasdale, are remote and barely known. Rupert’s stunning and original photographs act as windows into the past, which, together with his engaging and accessible text, encourage the reader to think afresh about the meaning and purpose of these monuments and at the same time open the eyes of travellers and enthusiasts to the great wealth and variety of henges, circles, dolmens, barrows and standing stones across the British Isles.

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