Place and Youth in Margaret Tait’s A Portrait Of Ga (1952).

"My mother lives in the windy Orkney Islands.  It's certainly a wonderful place to be brought up in." - A Portrait Of Ga In making a short film about her mother, the experimental filmmaker, Margaret Tait, essentially drew upon an interesting dialectic between place and youth.  With 1952's A Portrait Of Ga - a 4 … Continue reading Place and Youth in Margaret Tait’s A Portrait Of Ga (1952).

Emerson’s Nature and Sleep Furiously (2008) – Gideon Koppel.

Nature is always present or at the very least contrasted against something in Gideon Koppel's nostalgia portrait, Sleep Furiously (2008).  In spite of the film being a very clear ethnographic postcard from the director's past, having lived previously in the Welsh town of Trefeurig, it manages to underline its gentle portraiture with a sense of … Continue reading Emerson’s Nature and Sleep Furiously (2008) – Gideon Koppel.

Music Video – Four Hills (John McGrath)

Making a video for a song without vocals has been an interesting and ultimately rewarding experience.  Without the ties to vocals that often mean music videos scream of publicity, making a video for guitarist John McGrath has given a freedom I'll probably never enjoy again for other music videos.  McGrath's music is at once refreshing; … Continue reading Music Video – Four Hills (John McGrath)