a pine marten story

If filmmaking in a time of pandemic has many challenges, opportunities present too . So it is with my next film around a rescued pine marten released back into the wild .

The story begins in the spring of 2020 when Frank has a chance encounter with an 'abandoned' pine marten kit on the cliffs above Kilkee, Co Clare, Ireland  . With no idea how it got there he takes it home . After a number of weeks feeding and care the pine marten moves on to professional wildlife rehabilitation .

By late summer the thriving marten is ready to be released back into the wild . But where?

Step up Trea and Kevin of the Purecamping Nature Reserve on Loophead who provide the young pine marten with a new home in woodland and rewilding scrub .

This film is about what happened next .

Told through a series of interviews with those involved Sammy - A Pine Marten Story explores some of the issues around our relationship with the natural world .

A story of nature being honest and always itself, despite our sometimes well intended ambition to make it otherwise .