'The Moth Effect', 2018, 16:9


Unearthed is an experimental digital documentary that brings to light the people who work in the sandpits of the Surrey Hills, people who sometimes slip through the fingers of history.

Focusing on two working quarries near Bletchingly and Oxted the film playfully explores our relationship to tools, from the Mesolithic hunters who struck flints here, to the machine operators’ love for their 40 tonne excavators.

Touching on our relationship to the extracted materials, Unearthed considers the dispersal of the Surrey Hills and the imaginative potential of the sandpits.

Unearthed can be viewed at Leith Hill Place 6 – 22 July as part of the Surrey Unearthed exhibition and at other events during 2018.

Unearthed was made with the help of Moorhouse Sandpits (Titsey Estate), North Park Quarry (Sibelco UK), Surrey County Archaeological Unit and Surrey Industrial History Group. With grateful thanks to everyone who took part in the making of the film.


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