Tainted Love - BSFF 2018 Official Selection

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Eleanor Paish

A finalist in the Europe-wide Science, Engineering and Technology awards with her undergraduate dissertation on animal behaviour, she then spent two years working, volunteering and travelling across four continents. She developed her videography skills along the way, and had short films finalised in competitions by Natural Geographic and the Eden channel, going on to study a masters in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of the West of England. A competent self-shooter and editor with remote location experience, she prides herself on her problem-solving abilities and practicality.

Tainted Love is a short documentary about the cultural significance of birds in Indonesia, and the devastating consequences that it has on wild populations.

There isn’t a nation on earth that loves it’s native birds more than Indonesia. But there’s a sinister side to this love story: millions of wild birds are trapped every year to be kept as pets, pushing populations to the brink of extinction. Through candid interviews, this short documentary reveals the motivations of those involved in Indonesia’s thriving bird trade, and its alarming consequences. ‘Chirping mania’ sees men competing songbirds head-to-head to win vast sums of money - with temptations like this, and longstanding traditions to uphold, even the most caring bird owner will risk destroying the very things they love the most.