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NEW SHORTS #13 DOCUMENTARY: HINTERLANDS AND FRONTIERS
Sun 12 Jan 20:30 ICA, Cinema 1
A tantalising collection of non-fiction shorts which flirt around the edges of the documentary form, seducing us from the boundaries where artist film, experimental approaches or simply heightened reality give us new, unexpected perspectives. From wordless observation to found footage, from visualising inner worlds to the slow observation of the intricate world around us, this varied bunch come to us from the outposts of documentary.
Lucy Harris 13 mins
Crossing Points, filmed in the 1936 Berlin Olympia Stadium and the Kuppelsaal, exploits the interplay between memory, history and architecture. Through the interweaving of these empty venues with two fencers performing a series of choreographed gestures, a dialogue between distinct architectural spaces disrupted by a legacy of past activity is created.
DEVIL IN THE ROOM
Carla MacKinnon 7 mins
Have you ever woken in the night unable to move, certain that you are not alone? This is an experimental documentary examining what happens when dreams leak into waking life. It is about what is real, what is not, and if it even matters.
END OF THE ROAD
London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson). 11 mins
An elegiac reflection on the contrasting symbolism of the touring caravan: from a gleaming symbol of freedom and leisure borne from a choreographed, Japanese-style production line, to an emblem of futile defiance right on the edge of a rapidly eroding Norfolk coastline. The touring caravan is employed as a speculative vehicle traversing juxtaposed images of slick efficient production and deteriorating physical landscape.
FILM FAN (1963-1983)
Katie Goodwin, Alex March 7 mins
Film Fan is an ongoing collaborative project by artists Katie Goodwin and Alex March made using donated and found 8mm cine film footage - a medium that was popular with amateurs and hobbyists during the 1960s to early 1980s, which was superseded by video. They seek to reveal hidden memories that would otherwise be lost. The film provides a poetic insight into British family life in that era.
FRAGILE BALANCE, THE
Jem Goulding 11 mins
Poet and director Jem Goulding captures the inner truths of the restless Prince of Ballet in an avant garde documentary shot entire on film by the film maker herself. It is an intimate portrait of Sergei Polunin, one of the most elusive yet revered figures in the history of Russian theatre culture. Polunin speaks openly and honestly with Goulding on unchartered territories, stripping away some of the sensational fallacies the international media have created about him.
Courtenay Argyle 9 mins
A quiet but rhythmic documentary observing Norwegian equestrianism, seeing life through the horses point of view. Giving viewers time and space to connect to the horses and experience another cultures unique approach to an equestrian lifestyle. Exploring the bond between horse and owner while displaying the connection both have to the environment they live in, portraying a beautiful but rough landscape and way of life. Highlighting the change in a horses character depending on its situation, whether alone, when handled and ridden by humans, or in true Norwegian winter
Simon Nunn 10 mins
Killing Time is a short film exploring the isolated life of its director's older brother. He is a character detached from reality, using Xbox, marijuana and the Internet as tools to escape everyday life. Convinced by the internet that the third kind will show up in the new year, he waits patiently at home, for their arrival.
STAY THE SAME
Sam Firth 18 mins
Filmed on the shores of a sea loch, in exactly the same place, at exactly the same time, every day for a year, Stay the Same is a hauntingly beautiful meditation on time, solitude and isolation. It is the third in a triptych of films exploring different forms of personal filmmaking starting with Sam’s first film I.D.
Genevieve Bicknell 9 mins
Food is ephemeral. It’s just for you, just for that one meal, and it’s gone. Mixing together personal stories with 8mm and 16mm home movies and HD footage, we sift themes of memory, family, love, pain and power as the centrality of food to our lives is explored.