While studying at UWE, Innes created The State of Earth, a short documentary following the organic food movement from its beginnings in the UK as the industrialisation of farming started to happen. ‘I found this female pioneering farmer who I really wanted to share the story of – it was important to me in quite a male dominated industry to create a diverse message. I wanted to project a female character but then it became so much more than that. It became about sharing a positive message about a change that people were making in the farming sector.’
The team started their journey by looking for archive footage to tell the story of Lady Eve, who in the 1950s founded The Soil Association, an organisation that has come on to transform the way Britain eats, farms and cares for the natural world. ‘It’s crazy how much footage is on people’s drives and hanging around, and you just have to reach out and ask people and they are often willing to help.’ Pursuing archive footage in fact offered the biggest leads for the production, as the team discovered characters who knew Lady Eve and were able to speak to them directly.