2020, Brazil, 7', Dir. Roderick Steel, English (Turkish subtitles)
A “holiday by the seaside” is a very British experience – and so are beach huts, which have been around since the 19th century. Either privately owned or operated by the local council, these seafront cabins were originally designed to provide privacy for modest Victorian holidaymakers. In recent years, some of the earliest examples of British beach huts have been taken under protection as part of the UK’s cultural heritage. Others have been the victims of arson attacks, in a protest against the private usurpation of public space. Changing perspectives about the ‘humble’ beach hut are at the heart of this short experimental documentary, which was prompted by a series of fires that destroyed huts and chalets on the British coast in 2019.