TOWN AND COUNTRY: 5 English Panoramas
Five films trace a psychogeographic map through East London, out into the hinterlands and beyond. We visit the wild and tamed; the forgotten and remembered; landmarks and buildings which cast spells and long shadows.
Vertical David Hall (UK/1969/16mm/17mins)
In this seminal film, Hall manipulates perceptual assumptions. Geometric shapes of three dimensional sculptures stand and lie in the filmed landscape. Careful attention to laws of perspective and manipulation of framing and composition enable Hall to contradict initial visual information and to violate expectation
Norwood Patrick Keiller (UK/ 1983/16mm/26mins)
An early work from this highly regarded film maker. A topographical exploration combining fictional commentary with imagery derived from a journey across the north of England from Jodrell Bank to Whitby.
Hackney Marshes John Smith (UK/1978/16mm/15mins)
An improvisation recorded over the course of one day, from dawn to dusk. A film edited in camera and shot from one position in the middle of the 112 football pitches that cover Hackney Marshes in East London. Through selection of shots and changes in cutting pace and speed of camera movement, the film fluctuates between record and abstraction.
Nocturne Emily Richardson (UK/2002/16mm/5mins)
A film shot entirely at night in the deserted streets around the East End and Dockland areas of London. The film reveals the presence of the past, of the dead, the concealed history of a city filled with shadows.
Cobra Mist Emily Richardson (UK/2008/video from 16mm/8mins)
Cobra Mist explores the landscape of Orford Ness and the traces of its military history, the experiments in radar and the architecture of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment. The buildings have been left to deteriorate – secrets are slowly revealed through image and sound.