Martin Parr, the infamous photographer and filmmaker, renowned for casting his affectionate eye on the rougher parts of human society made a series in collaboration with Multistory entitled Black Country back in 2011. The short films exploring the lives of people in the Midlands are now available to watch online, including this glorious 20-minute long documentary about a sweet manufacturers, Teddy Gray’s which is content with being one of the last big companies that still does not use computers.
So meet the elderly but very cheerful Betty and Teddy and their team of loyal co-workers who spend their days producing the sweets using the old methods practised since 1826. A little impractical it may be, but it somehow it works, and this documentary succeeds in making you feel very warm and squishy indeed. Parr, you’ve done it again.
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