Doused in a natural ethnography based upon the landscape, A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness (2013) is a strangely hypnotic mixture of fact and fiction by filmmakers, Ben Rivers and Ben Russell. Both have come from making shorter works and the episodic sense of place and the perspectives of time are all questioned through visual sociology and a natural embarkation of documentary film. There’s … Continue reading A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness (2013) – Ben Rivers + Ben Russell.
Originally published in ACE Magazine. Ben Rivers is one of Britain’s leading filmmakers, broaching the ground between narrative and documentary film. He has been making short films since 2003 but he has recently risen in popularity at the release of his first feature length film, Two Years At Sea in 2011. Rivers is famed, not just for creating haunting visuals but also for using a … Continue reading Interview with Ben Rivers.