HEART OF HAWICK
SATURDAY 30 APRIL
16:00 – 17:30 / 69’ + Q&A
Chloe Charlton, Enam Gbewonyo, Jen Martin, Helen McCrorie and Regina Mosch will be present for the Q&A.
This programme is captioned.
Content warning: some flashing imagery.
by Jonathan Ali
The nine films in this programme embrace the many possibilities of play – including experimentation, orientation, understanding.
Beautiful accidents and fruitful mistakes abound. Chloe Charlton’s Memories of the Shoreline, 1 – 4 is a frenetic and immersive suite of brief 16mm engagements with the Scottish coast. Edited in-camera, Charlton’s film is a living, sensuous ecological study. There’s a similar playfulness to Nude Me/Under the Skin: A Resurrection of Black Women’s Visibility, a collaboration between British-Ghanaian performance artist Enam Gbewonyo and filmmaker Freddie Leyden. As Gbewonyo dances around the imposing neo-Gothic architecture of a London mansion, Leyden perspicaciously captures her conversation with the space in a defiant gesture of post-colonial reclamation.
Josh Weissbach’s a landscape to be invented is a speculative disaster document, an unsettling analogue catalogue of purple plants, ultraviolent oceans, lurid microscopic forms. A composed and found soundtrack of narration and conversation provides a grimly ironic counterpoint: ‘Any possible landscape is achievable.’
In We Know a Better Word Than Happy, Helen McCrorie gets down to a child’s-eye view to capture the muddy joy of kids playing in the Children’s Wood, a community-led public green space in Glasgow. Underlined by Margaret Salmon’s tangible 35mm cinematography, the kids provide a chorus of testimonies about the right of outdoor play – and a need to defeat the dragon!
A touching cine-letter by Gabby Sumney to a six-year-old artist obsessed with perfection, Rainbow Dragon presents a filmstrip animated with a series of the filmmaker’s beautifully abstract accidents. B-movie sci-fi meets valley-girl comedy in Grace Sloan’s gloriously outrageous Death Valley. It’s New Year’s Eve 2080, and with a solar eclipse (in Leo) set to take place, Zadie is headed to her friend Tallie’s spaceship for a party after jetting down to earth for a spot of yoga in the desert. What could go wrong?
Strangely evoked landscapes also feature in Jen Martin’s The Divine Isle, an exploration of Isle Maree, a location on a loch in the Scottish Highlands steeped in mysticism. In a mesmeric attempt to negotiate through the material towards something more elusive, Martin alchemises an array of formal elements, including analogue and digital photography, images within images, and a percussive score. Percussion is at the centre of Antoine Amnotte-Dupuis and Bascaille‘s endlessly inventive Sound of Wear. Much more than the literal documentation of a trio of non-traditional percussionists’ practice, the film employs a mixed-format method that playfully echoes the musicians’ various DIY experiments in sonic creation.
Finally, in Regina Mosch’s symbolist Searching for Shore, we return to the Scottish coast and another in-camera celluloid experiment, one that finds unexpected poetry in a Jenga enthusiast attempts to keep an addiction at bay. Play on.
MEMORIES OF THE SHORELINE, 1 – 4
4’41 – Scotland – 2021
NUDE ME/UNDER THE SKIN: A RESURRECTION OF BLACK WOMEN’S VISIBILITY
3’07 – UK – 2021
A LANDSCAPE TO BE INVENTED
12’07 – USA – 2021
WE KNOW A BETTER WORD THAN HAPPY
5′ – Scotland – 2021
1’06 – USA – 2021
10’57 – USA – 2021
THE DIVINE ISLE
5’35 – Scotland – 2021
SOUND OF WEAR
Antoine Amnotte-Dupuis, Bascaille
23’31 – Canada – 2021
SEARCHING FOR SHORE
2’47 – Scotland – 2021