THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: Amber Films, 90 mins, 2008

Amber founder member Murray Martin was active in the harness racing community of East Durham. When he died in 2007, the documentary Amber were making about a Co Durham horsey family became a film about the passions that drove both Murray  and the wider Amber Collective. We will be joined by Amber filmmakers Ellin Hare, Peter Roberts and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen for a conversation after the screening.

Recognised as a major figure in British independent film and photography history, Martin was loved and revered in this community as in the harness racing world. The film became a portrait of a filmmaker who became part of the world he documented; an exploration of how to be in this world.


We may be distanced but we can still come together digitally to share films. We are very excited to share with you five Amber films that look at the world differently, highlighting community and collective resolve. We have curated a season drawn from our collective works including films grown from our 50 year relationship in Byker, Newcastle to our decades long conversations with East Germany, County Durham and beyond.

We are looking forward to watching each film with you and then facilitating a conversation afterwards featuring Amber filmmakers and members of the communities who worked with us on each project. 

Register and we will email you the details: 

  • We will share the link to the film 24 hours before the conversation begins giving you time to watch it at a time that works for you. 
  • We will email the Zoom link the day of the conversation so you can join us.

Please email if you have any questions.

We have chosen to make the films available for free on the day of the screening but feel free to make a donation.




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