BEN HOLMAN

FILM MAKER BASED IN LONDON & RIO DE JANEIRO

To understand the histOry of Cuban rum
is to understand the history of Cuba itself.

Anyone with even a fleeting relationship with Cuba knows that rum has influenced virtually every aspect of Cuban culture. From belief systems to music to revolution, rum has been there, playing its part. "Cuba in a Bottle" tell its story throughout each step of the island’s history with hand drawn animation and a diverse cast which reflects the melting pot that is Cuba’s past and present.

Running at 80 minutes, the film is divided into four chapters that cover different eras which can also work as stand alone episodes. 

The film's soundtrack was scored and recorded with a full Cuban band that is complimented by a number of live performances from musicians spanning every Cuban genre from back street rumba jams to Son, Feeling and Hip Hop.

From rarely filmed religious ceremonies, to the barracks of the sugar cane cutters, the story is told through interviews with legends from the world of music, sport and film as well as a host of Cuban rum experts and master blenders, to reveal how rum is the lifeblood of the country and still remains the sweet pulse of the Cuban soul.

CHAPTER ONE - "ROOTS"
Conquest, settlement and African traditions

CHAPTER TWO - "INDEPENDENCE"
Spanish dominance before Cuba finds its voice

CHAPTER THREE - "EXPANSION"
Cuba’s cultural explosion leads to excess and revolution

CHAPTER FOUR - "NEW ERA"
Cuba forges its way into a new century

CREDITS

Directed & Produced by BEN HOLMAN & CHARLIE INMAN
Written by -  CHARLIE INMAN, BEN HOLMAN & DAVE BROOM
Editor & Assistant Director - FRANCISCO FORBES
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - BEN HOLMAN
ANIMATION - Gervais MerryweatherTom Malins
ORIGINAL SCORE BY - Tom CC & Barak SchmoOL