THE MOON AND THE SLEDGEHAMMER + Q&A
Sun 21 Jan 15:00 ICA
Dir. Philip Trevelyan 1971, UK, 65 mins
Plus Q&A with filmmaker Andrew Kötting and photographer Ingrid Pollard
Documenting the eccentric lives of the Page family, who live in the woods of Swanbrook, Sussex without mains gas or electricity.
Andrew Kötting on The Moon & the Sledgehammer:
“It was in the late ’60s that Philip Trevelyan set about the making (the film)… that summer spent in the woods with the Page Family. What a family. At the helm a fascinating and flawed father, proverbial performer and interfering agitator. Two besuited brothers and those beautifully scrawny sisters. Self-sufficient beguilers and inefficient modernisers.
Are the Page family our dinosaurs or are they our visionaries? Has the world passed them by or have we come full circle and is it us that are now struggling to catch up?”
Ingrid Pollard (Pastoral Identities, 1988): “Britain has traditionally been represented by an idealised rural landscape, the rolling green hills, the farm in the valley, and the sun setting over the wheat fields. The binary opposite lies within the city and its traffic, smoking chimneys, teeming hordes, that are constantly encroaching on the countryside.”