The Unshaven Men of Port Eliot is a tongue-in-cheek ethnographic film made for the Port Eliot Festival’s short film competition in 2011. Having noticed an unusually large number of men sporting facial hair at the festival, I carried out a small-scale, impromptu ethnographic study, centering on a series of conversations with men about their moustaches, beards and variations thereof. Using an ensemble of extracts from these conversations, the film gives a glimpse of some of the insights from the study, principally how facial hair corresponds to notions of masculinity, self-expression, liberty and freedom. Apparently the film, which won the Port Eliot Short Film Prize, has attracted the interest of global male grooming brand Philips.
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