The Pursuit of Happiness DVD
The Pursuit of Happiness
Amber, UK, 2008, 90 mins
‘Integrate life and work and friendship. Don’t tie yourself to institutions. Live cheaply and you’ll remain free. And, then, do whatever it is that gets you up in the morning.’ These were the founding tenets of the Amber film & photography collective in 1968.
Thirty nine years later the group was making a documentary about the Coulsons, a horsey/Traveller family in North East England. Since the making of Seacoal (1985), horsey culture had been key to getting Amber founder member Murray Martin up in the morning. Uncompleted when he died in 2007, the film grew into an exploration of this visionary filmmaker who became part of the world he documented.
As Warren Coulson says: ‘Murray was unique… He was a character and characters is bad to get.’ By turns elegiac and improbable, wildly comic, moving and inspiring, the idiosyncratic adventures of the Coulsons and the narrative of Murray’s life and death combine to create a film that is ultimately about a way of being in this world.
Amber, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (16:9 letterbox)
Disc Format 5
All Regions PAL