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
When Jeremy Deller took control of the UK's pavilion in the 2013 Venice Biennale, the press coverage caught hold of one specific aspect that the artist discussed; its "aggressiveness". With environmental concern sat at the heart of the exhibition, alongside the general political upheaval caused by the coalition government during its third year of power, … Continue reading Responses: Jeremy Deller’s A Good Day For Cyclists (2013)
"Once I loved a man who was a lot like the desert, and before that I loved the desert." - Rebecca Solnit (2006). Late last year, I quite accidently combined the viewing of two films that spoke of a theme I have become interested in over the last few months. Viewing Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point … Continue reading Sex and the Landscape in Zabriskie Point (1970) and The Last Movie (1971)
I was initially struggling to put together a showreel for 2016. I don't think my film work has ever been so reliant on its varied soundworlds for their full context and so pulling the strongest images out of that context doesn't quite work. I've tried my best to make something vaguely cohesive from these moments … Continue reading Showreel 2016
Throughout 2016, I've been trying to respond to artwork about landscape in more ways than simply essays. I found that in trying convey work that I liked, there was only so far I could go with conventional journalistic and essay writing. At the tail-end of each response article, I've been sneaking in a poem about … Continue reading Responses: Poems On Landscape and Melancholy
Above is the trailer for my final short of the year, a film detailing an event in the life of the poet and writer, Edward Thomas. I've had a personal fascination with Thomas for a few years now, properly diving into his work early last year and finding much in common with both his mentality … Continue reading Trailer – The Attempt (Edward Thomas)
At the recent Alchemical Landscape conference in Cambridge, there was some interesting analysis of the portrayal of landscape in the opening sequence of Alan Clarke's Play For Today episode, Penda's Fen (1974). The point in the analysis was to show the subversive nature of the opening in regards to its melding of two potentially differing realities … Continue reading Wire and Grass: Landscape Binaries in Television and Reality.
"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).
While Andy Goldsworthy’s work has a general theme of transience running right through its core, it is perhaps best summarised as a theme in his work in the use of ice within sculpture. Though almost everything the artist does has a brief lifespan as a finished object, there are few that seem so precarious as … Continue reading Responses: Andy Goldsworthy’s Ice Arch (1982).
The Menhir Motorway is the first film of 2016 and it should set the tone for the rest of the year's projects. Having filmed in late December, a mere few days before Christmas in the freezing edge-lands of Wallasey on The Wirral with the help of my girlfriend, Lauren (who took all of the proceeding … Continue reading Short Film – The Menhir Motorway.