Free From Skips tells the story of Steven, a Leeds resident with two bachelor degrees who prepares his food from quality ingredients without paying for them. Instead, he and his flatmates find their food from the bins of a close by supermarket.

This work is a collaboration with Sami Lindfors and Anna Retter.

Two years ago Steven went skip diving with his friends out of curiousity, but he was overwhelmed by the amount of edible food thrown away. He even used to be a vegetarian but now eats a lot of quality meat found in bins, rather than letting it go to waste. Working as a social media manager for a homeless charity and as a volunteer at The Real Junk food Project, Steven tries to work against the social inequality and climate change effects caused by food waste.

I might not be saving the world, but at least I’m not fucking it.

According to The Waste and Resources Action Programme WRAP, food with a retail value of around 13 billion GBP was thrown away in 2015. Approximately 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption is wasted globally throughout the supply chain. It equals about 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year.

Aside of a lost chance of feeding people, food waste is also waste of natural resources: food production demands high amounts of land, water, energy. Food production makes greater green gas emissions than transportation globally.


2019 - 1st place audience award at Schweinfurter Kurzfilmtage, Schweinfurt, Germany
2018 - Carrousel international du film de Rimouski, Québec, Canada
2018 - FReDD festival selection 2018 "Section Panorama", Toulouse, France.



Producer, director: Anna Retter
DOP, colorist, motion graphics artist: Anna Eschenbacher
Director, sound engineer, editor, 2nd camera: Sami Lindfors

Thanks to The Real Junk Food Project.

Made for Leeds Beckett University BA2 Documentary Film course.