Filmed over three years, in Trinidad, England, and Scotland, "The Solitary Alchemist" is a moving and intimate portrait of the life in art of Trinidadian jeweller, Barbie Jardine. Trained at England’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Jardine moved back to her native Trinidad in 1974, where she developed new techniques in working with traditional and indigenous materials, and evolved a personal narrative style for making wearable works of art. But, thirty years after returning to the Caribbean, and in spite of having her work purchased by a major metropolitan museum, there are nagging questions Jardine just can’t shake: Why isn’t my work more recognised? Have I made a crucial mistake? She is resentful and angry. And she wants something more. An opportunity to create a new piece for an exhibition in Scotland presents itself, and Jardine is both nervous and hopeful. Will this be the chance to finally carve out her own space in the world?


Medium Length (70mins) , Drama, Biography | Trinidad and Tobago





Mariel Brown


Barbara Jardine, Judy Raymond, Peter Minshall