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Welcome to the Artificial Owl website.

This is undergoing reconstruction whilst our two main productions continue.

Since 2003 our cameras have been covering the partial restoration and redevelopment of Compton Acres – a unique garden attraction in Dorset. During this time, we have been interviewing people who were connected with the gardens over many decades. We have also been conducting historical research and building an archive of old photos and memorabilia.


Our second production is a low budget feature length drama ‘On Common Ground’ starring Amber Coombs, Kester Hodgson and Scott Hinds. This too has a horticultural theme and follows the story of Canadian Carla who lives in a manor in a quiet English village. She enjoys the solitude of her woodland and she creates unusual carvings for her daughter. However, she doesn't seem to be a 'people person' - she doesn't go out of her way to make friends. She thinks that her property may be haunted and sometimes at dawn sometimes at dusk, she wanders the adjoining cemetery.
Penniless single-parent Woody moves into an old lodge nearby with his teenage children.  He begins to renovate the property but he is too busy to work on his rubbish-filled garden - which frustrates his tidy and temperamental neighbour. Woody eventually finds out that Carla’s husband is having an affair and he sympathises because his own wife deserted him several years before. Carla and Woody grow a little closer - but then she is compelled to share a terrible secret with him.

More details and images can be found here:!/pages/On-Common-Ground/160337140673935?sk=info

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