Home Upcoming Events Litfest 2022 Nature and Place Special extra event: The Man Who Planted Trees (FREE!)

Special extra event: The Man Who Planted Trees (FREE!)

(animated feature, dir. Frédéric Back, 1987)

Presented by Atkinson’s Coffee Roasters and Litfest

‘A book for children from 8 to 80. I love the humanity of this story and how one man’s efforts can change the future for so many. It’s a real message of hope’ Michael Morpurgo

Litfest has obtained special permission from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to show this hand-drawn animated classic about a man who persists through two world wars to reforest a vast area of arid wasteland in the south of France. As if by magic, a landscape that seemed condemned grows green again. A film of great beauty and hope, this story is a remarkable parable for all ages and an inspiring testament to the difference one individual can make. The Man Who Planted Trees is based on a story by the French author Jean Giono. It won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and in book form has been published in several editions in Britain.

The film will be introduced by Ian Steel of Atkinson’s. Afterwards there will be a brief discussion between Ian, formerly a TV commercials director, and publisher Bill Swainson, discussing the techniques used to make the film and the continuing power of Giono’s story.

The film lasts for about 30 minutes; the whole event (inc. Q&A) will last for an hour.

How to Watch:
In person at The Hall Café, China Street

The 50 places will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, but we will reserve 10 places for young people. (Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Enter your details below to join us for this FREE event!


18 Mar 2022


7:30 pm


The Hall Café, 10-12 China Street

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