The Lion and the Mouse
2009 A docudrama three part mini series. Narrated by Michael Douglas.

The Lion and the Mouse looks back at the birth of America and the deciding confl icts and characters that have shaped the last four centuries as the intriguing relationship between Bermuda and America has evolved. Caught up in a succession of wars between the continents Bermuda found itself on both sides of the mid Atlantic gauntlet. Isolated by location, the island embodied the necessary reinvention and adaptability, to prosper in a changing Atlantic world, from saving the colonialists of Jamestown, robbing the British armory on the island and smuggling all of the gunpowder to George Washington’s evolutionary army, to launching the fl eet that burned Washington in the War of 1812, running the Union blockade in the Civil War, or on the other side, as soldiers fighting for “Glory.” Right or wrong Bermuda has played an instrumental role in the history of the American States, continuing through two World Wars and the Cold War, where Bermuda evolved from a hotbed of counter espionage, into the frontline of US coastal defense. As a nexus in the Atlantic, Bermuda provided the United States with the strategic lynch pin in defense of its interests. Mercurial, treasonous, and unprincipled possessing all the wiles of a small dependent nation, Bermuda was able to adapt its mid-Atlantic location to both military and trade pursuits and to overcome insignifi cance in size, and vulnerability to become the place, that U.S. President William Howard Taft was to immortalize in his now famous words; “Never in global history has such a small country played such a large role in International Affairs.” The moral of the story is that “ Little friends can make great friends”.

RARA AVIS (RARE BIRD) feature documentary currently in production 2005

Rara Avis, which means “rare bird” is a documentary detailing the achievements of Bermuda’s living museum project on Nonsuch and the surrounding islands, home of Bermuda’s famous endemic bird, the endangered Cahow. Rara Avis will tell the inspiring story of rediscovery and human commitment which saved a bird species from the brink of oblivion almost 400 years after it was considered extinct, and the continuing commitment with which conservationist fight to save the endangered population from the ravages of global warming which threaten to destroy their only nesting islands.  Nonsuch is Bermuda’s environmental example to the world and deserves such recognition. This documentary will demonstrate the importance of preserving a bio diverse planet, capture the essence of optimism in the Cahow’s example of endangered survival, warn people of the threat of global warming and of the value of a global and long term perspective.

Director/Producer:  Lucinda Spurling
Director of Photography: James Leigh
Sound: Robert Zuill
Composer: Joel Goodman
Writer: Jack McDonald

Lucinda Spurling
Afflare Films
P.O. Box GE 60
Bermuda GE02
Tel: 441-297-5451
Cel: 441-799-7770
Fax: 441-297-0329
Email: afflarefilms@mac.com

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