LFA Filmmaker's Club: Screening of documentary 'Trapped by Plastic’ and Q&A

26 February 2021, 17:30-19:00

This event is exclusive to LFA Filmmakers' Club community (current LFA students and alumni).

We are thrilled to announce a screening of ‘Trapped by Plastic’ and a Q&A with Director & LFA Alumna Anny Tubbs, protagonist Mandy Barker, Chief Communications Officer at the IKEA Foundation Truus Huisman, and led by Director and Producer Manuela Maiguashca.

‘Trapped by Plastic’ is a short documentary film about Photographer Mandy Barker whose award-winning work highlights the devastating and far-reaching impact of marine plastic pollution and its harmful effects on marine life and humans.

Director Anny Tubbs was immediately drawn to Mandy’s work and style of activism. They filmed her interview in 2020 after Mandy had completed an expedition with scientists to Henderson Island (South Pacific Ocean) and some of their findings had been published.

Featuring many of Mandy’s photographs and behind-the-scenes insights that span her decade-long career, the film shows how Mandy developed a distinctive ‘call to action’ using strikingly colourful, intricate images to confront viewers with unpalatable truths.

The event will begin with a screening of ‘Trapped by Plastic’ and be followed by a lively discussion about the role different media can play in raising awareness or perpetuating complacency, nurturing dialogue or stoking conflict.  As filmmakers, we will ask: how can we create media that engages people and changes our individual and collective behaviour? 

This event is a part of our LFA Filmmakers’ Club ‘Resurgence of Short Films’ series.

Join us and the inspiring all-female panel for this important conversation - not to be missed!

About the Director and Crew:

Before joining the LFA to learn about documentary filmmaking in 2019, Anny Tubbs worked as a lawyer for 25 years, focused on business integrity, compliance, and human rights issues. Anny set up First Move Productions in 2020 to focus on making documentaries as well as on learning and advocacy projects to support environmental, social, and governance best practices.

'Trapped by Plastic' was filmed with fellow LFA alumni Max Williams (DOP) and Marie Lingois (Line Producer), as well as Rob Eade (Sound Recordist)Tommy Rowson (Editor) was heavily involved in bringing Mandy’s stills to life. The music was composed by Konstantin Septinus.

About Mandy Barker:

Mandy Barker is an international award-winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris over the past 10 years has received global recognition.

The aim of my work is to engage with and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction along with the subsequent message of awareness. The research process is a vital part of my development as the images I make are based on scientific fact, essential to the integrity of my work. I hope it will ultimately lead to positive action in tackling this increasing environmental problem, which is currently of global concern.


Mandy Barker, photographer

Mandy's work has been published in over 40 different countries including; National Geographic Magazine, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Smithsonian, The New Scientist, The Explorer's Journal, UNESCO, The British Journal of Photography, FOAM Magazine, VOGUE, Wired, The RPS Journal, World Wildlife Fund, and also to illustrate key academic and scientific research papers about current plastic research. Mandy was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Award SPACE 2017, the world's leading photography award for sustainability, and also nominated for the Magnum Foundation Fund and Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize 2020.


About Manuela Maiguashca:

Manuela Maiguashca is an established Director and Producer of documentary media projects that deal with taboo experiences, stigmatised communities and human rights issues. 

Manuela’s film work has been broadcast and screened internationally and used in a wide range of educational and advocacy outreach campaigns such as: UN Development Programmes and The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, EU programmes for refugees, International Museum of Women, EU foster organisations, Global Kids Online as well as many other international initiatives dealing with human and child rights.