Minnow Films

Feature Films:

Short Films:

Ashes to Diamonds 2009
Minnow Films for Channel 4   1 x 30 minutes
Minnow Films for First Cut, Channel 4

Every day, over 1,200 cremations take place in the UK - that’s more than 1,500 tonnes of ash that has to be dealt with every year. Whilst tradition might dictate that we should scatter or inter our relative’s remains, now it seems, we as a nation are discovering more unusual ideas for dispersing of – and indeed holding onto – our loved one’s ashes.

In Ashes to Diamonds filmmaker David Brindley sets out to meet some of those families across the country who have decided on a far from conventional farewell for their loved one. From a widow having her husband turned into a diamond to a family putting their father into a steam train’s furnace, this film seeks to discover why some of us form such a strong relationship with these ashes and how the decision concerning what to do with them can impact those that are left behind.

“A perfectly formed documentary… A well observed, quirky slice of British life”
Radio Times

“A touching, gently funny and very
English film”
The Guardian

Ashes to Diamonds

Official selection

Official Selection for the Sheffield Documentary Festival  

Sheffield Documentary Festival


Filmed, Produced and Directed by
David Brindley
Executive Producers
Madonna Benjamin
Morgan Matthews
James Gold
Carla Berzon
Production Manager
Lucy Marshall
Production Assistant
Lucy Porter
Original Music
Richard Mead