Jarman, Derek; Avebury Series No.4; Northampton Museums & Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/avebury-series-no-4-49832

Responses: Derek Jarman’s Landscape Paintings

I've written extensively about Derek Jarman's short super-8 film, Journey To Avebury; one of his earliest experiments in film that channels so much of the genii loci of English landscapes, ubiquitous in the more interesting of English arts.  His walk through the Wiltshire landscape after the intense stint of work on the sets for Ken … Continue reading Responses: Derek Jarman’s Landscape Paintings

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Responses: Tessa Farmer’s La Chasse (2016)

I first encountered the work of Tessa Farmer during a rainy daydream in Saatchi Gallery a few years back.  It was a strange experience as, staring at her Swarm (2004) piece, it took a while to pinpoint exactly what was unnerving about the work.  The discovery of a micro-agency controlling the taxidermic happenings in the … Continue reading Responses: Tessa Farmer’s La Chasse (2016)

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Responses: Avebury Photos (1933 + 1942) – Paul Nash.

The landscape painter and augmenter, Paul Nash, had a momentary, glimpsed relationship with the Wiltshire town of Avebury.  The landscape, which brims with a sense of ancientness and magic, evidently enraptured the painter for a brief spell of creative yield not simply in painting but in photography as a sideline as well.  Caught in the … Continue reading Responses: Avebury Photos (1933 + 1942) – Paul Nash.

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The “English Eerie” and The Landscape Venn.

As I write this, it is just under two weeks to the Spectral Landscapes event in Oxford.  Put together between myself and the Oxford University's Romantic society through Jen Wood, the event is looking at the resurgence of interest in work across all forms of creative media which looks to the landscape in order to … Continue reading The “English Eerie” and The Landscape Venn.

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Short Film – Holloway (Robert Macfarlane).

It feels odd to finally be able to say that Holloway is finished.  This oddness derives not just from the fact that it has been the longest planned film that I've produced so far (starting all the way back from Robert Macfarlane's first email to me in February 2014) but because the subject of the … Continue reading Short Film – Holloway (Robert Macfarlane).

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Short Film – Artefacts (Super 8 film).

Synopsis.  Artefacts (2014) is a short video piece shot on super 8 film.  It captures the rural vistas around The Wirral which show hints of civilisation but fail to show the true presence of humanity.  These rural areas are littered with man-made objects but the natural wilderness has won through, creating a sense of the … Continue reading Short Film – Artefacts (Super 8 film).

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Films On The Strange British Coastline.

While many British films take full advantage of the rural potential that "this spectered isle" can provide, there seems to be another sub-sect to this branch film, often finding its way into British horror cinema.  Of course, this isn't as clear cut as simply analysing films under the guise of "Rural Horror" or "Folk Horror" … Continue reading Films On The Strange British Coastline.