Workshop programme 2

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Tuesday 14th July 2015
Studio 174
174 Harbour St
Kingston, Jamaica

Workshop programme 2: Poetry


Mile End Purgatorio | Guy Martin Doyle | UK 1991| 1' 25"|Video

This work represents a collaboration between filmmaker and poet responding to tensions between film and the spoken word. The scene is a parade of shops in Grove Rd., Mile End, London: the voice a male mid-life crisis. Shop fronts and other images provoke and externalise the many themes of conflict. Biblical and literary allusions reinforce the humour and sense of anxiety. M.D

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Film For Tom | Stephen Connolly | UK 2005 | 12' 12"|Video

A lyrical homage to a friend and formative influence. Tom is eloquent and effusive, yet finds no resolutions to the issues that haunt him.
Yet to whom is he speaking and how - is his speech a lecture or a conversation? How do we understand the domestic space shown - is it home or the scene of a crime?

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Blight | John Smith | UK 1996 | 14:25 | Video

Blight was made in collaboration with the composer Jocelyn Pook. It revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, using images and sounds of demolition and road building in conjunction with the spoken words of local residents. But although the film is constructed from images and sounds of real events, Blight exploits the ambiguities of its material to produce new meanings and metaphors, fictionalizing reality through framing and editing strategies. The emotive power of music is used in the film to overtly aid this invention. It played at many film festivals including Oberhausen and Leipzig. In 2013 John Smith won the prestigious Jarman Award. He lives and works and still teaches in London.

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