Standing with Stones - Rupert Soskin and Michael Bott
Standing with Stones, the classic megalithic road trip by Rupert Soskin and Michael Bott is now available to view online or download for keeps. The film is an exploration into the wealth of prehistoric sites in Britain and Ireland on a scale never previously attempted on film, and aims to give a fresh insight into our megalithic past.
The entire 136-minute documentary - written and presented by Rupert Soskin and produced and directed by Michael Bott was researched, scripted, narrated and filmed between the two of them, including composing all the music and creating the computer graphics!
Watch a preview and choose the option of renting for just £1.99 or download to keep for £9.99 - just use the links on the preview screen below.
Rupert, an explorer who has led three expeditions into the jungles of northern Colombia to visit the Kogi Indians, has also studied archaeology, anthropology and evolutionary psychology. He first met documentary filmmaker Michael Bott when Michael was working with on a film called Origins of the Da Vinci Code, and another called The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code, for Channel 5 and the History Channel.
Viewer Comments from the DVD version (no longer available):
"... it is a triumph ... I wanted to watch the whole thing through again. It is so beautiful - the images keep coming back to me.
PH - Shipston-on-Stour
"... thankyou very much. It's terrific - very rich. Lots of information, great pictures - I especially liked the animated re-creations. ".
BG - Cootamunda - AUS
"... put on the DVD that night, intending to watch about an hour, but my wife was so fascinated we watched the whole thing; it was excellent".
NR - Coventry
"... very impressed with what I have seen, my husband who is not interested in history of any subject was amazed at what he was watching"
SG - Milton Keynes
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The Prehistory of the Peak District & Leek's Amazing Double Sunset - a DVD video by Byron Machin
DVD format, Worldwide. Runtime 60mins.
For the first time as a video production, this amazing documentary uncovers over 2 million years of human occupation in the spectacular region of the Peak District. Discover the awe inspiring stone monuments of a lost religion and the ancient field systems of the first farmers. Uncover a Wildwood that covered Britain, and the key human revolutions that made us what we are today. No stone is left unturned as Byron Machin uncovers the real people of Prehistoric Britain. Visit over 30 stone circles and henges; barrows and chambered tombs; settlements and forts. Includes a booklet with behind the scenes information, bibliography and locations.
Awaking Arthur is a one hour documentary film which offers a different
approach to the well-known King Arthur story.
While acknowledging the usual romantic precepts of the Arthurian myths, Awaking Arthur suggests
that the mythology of King Arthur is immeasurably old and emanates from
the ancient customs of a prehistoric dreamtime.
"Very enjoyable, a quality production" - Andy Burnham
Awaking Arthur explores the possibilty that it was "from early man's
primitive observations of the natural world that resurrecting Solar-heroes such
as King Arthur gradually evolved."" The documentary encompasses the significance
of ancient rituals held amongst the great Standing Stones of the Megalithic
Culture and continues on into Celtic legends and their early Christian
adaptions. It concludes in the present day, questioning the implications of King
Arthur's prophesied return and it's relevence to our contemporary times.
Awaking Arthur was filmed at the sites which pertain to the Arthurian
Legends, as well as both famous and obscure Megalithic and Bronze Age locations
ENGLAND: Avebury, Glastonbury, Tintagel, Stonehenge ,Bamburgh, Madron, Bodmin
Moor, Windemere, Camelford, Exmoor Forest. SCOTLAND: Edinburgh, Eildon Hills,
Iona, Isle of Lewis, Sterling. WALES: Forest of Dean, Snowdonia,
Carleon, Bardsey Island. IRELAND: Hill of Tara, Carrowkeel,
Carrowmore. FRANCE: Carnac, Golfe du Morbihan, Mont-St-Michel, Plouezoc'h,
Presented by Michael MacRae. Produced in Australia
by: Michael MacRae, Narrator: Robert Coleby, Soundtrack:Tribal Trance,
Camera: Michael MacRae and Jacqueline Houghton, Script: Jacqueline Houghton,
Graphics: Jacqueline Houghton, Post Production: Able Media
Eriu's Child: Music and Song from the Land and Soul of Ireland - Michael Morris
Audio CD, Stonelight, 2002
Ériu's Child, 56 minutes of ambient acoustic music from the heart and soul of Ireland by Michael Morris and Earhsong Music.
"In the year of the World 3,500 AM, the poet-shaman Amhairghin Glungheal took over the island of Ireland on behalf of the Gaelic-speaking Sons of Míl from Ériu Án, Queen of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
Using original instruments and reconstructions, this unique CD offers, for the first time, a chance to hear the sounds that would have been familiar to our forebears thousands of years ago. £12.49 + p&p Order Now
The music ranges from ringing rocks to bird-bone flutes; Bronze Age horns and drums to the extraordinary sound of the Celtic war trumpet, the carnyx (left), specially recorded for the Kilmartin Sessions in Smoo Cave.
It ends with the eerie combination of harmonic singing and Bronze Age horn, recorded in the Hamilton Mausoleum - the building with the longest reverberation in the world. It was an appropriate choice, for like the Mausoleum, this CD has its own reverberations reaching into our remotest past and our deepest sub-concious.