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Donkey magic launches film project

14:02 20 January 2014

Amanda McCormack of the North Devon Moving Image project with one of the Clovelly donkeys.

Amanda McCormack of the North Devon Moving Image project with one of the Clovelly donkeys.


The Clovelly donkeys star in the first short film of the new North Devon Moving Image project.

Bart and Sue Kelly of Clovelly Donkeys in a scene from the film.Bart and Sue Kelly of Clovelly Donkeys in a scene from the film.

THE donkeys of Clovelly have hitched their stars to a short film to launch a brand new project.

The North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) film making project has been set up to create and share a collection of short films examining everyday life in North Devon today and preserve them for future generations.

It was founded by Amanda McCormack who was inspired after watching archive films in the North Devon Movie Bus a few years ago.

“It occurred to me that despite most people are regularly recording video on mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras, no one is actually preserving this valuable resource,” she said.

“With plenty of moral support and some practical help from Jerry Bix at North Devon Plus and a grant from North Devon Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund, we are now up and running.”

Amanda wanted the first film to be a good example of how five minutes of video can capture a moment in time while being informative, entertaining and inspirational – and the Clovelly donkeys fit the bill.

“Working with Sue and Bart Kelly at Clovelly Donkeys was just wonderful,” she added.

“We felt really privileged to be given an insight into their lives with the donkeys. They are lovely people and it goes without saying that having big cuddles with the donkeys was quite a treat.”

North Devon Moving Image will be building its film collection in a variety of ways, working with individuals, community groups and film makers. During this year it will demonstrate different creative film making styles, launch community projects and hopes to inspire local film makers to get involved.

To find out more go to or catch up on twitter @NDMovingImage and Facebook North Devon Moving Image CIC.


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