33 Seagulls is a short documentary about homeless artist Robert Bodel. The film is a personal and intimate view of a 60 year old man who has spent his life continually drawing. Robert is completely removed from society and the wider world, he knows five people and rarely talks to any of them. Robert is homeless and currently living in a hostel, he is a ghost of a man, quiet and remote, yet gentle and charming.
The film charts several days spent with Robert following him in his daily pilgrimage to a little park in east Belfast that is his sanctuary from the world. We also see him draw and talk about his life in his own disarming way. It is Robert's art which is often the dominant character in the film, all abstract works, each meticulously drawn on the back of little envelopes. Robert's art is tiny and obsessive in detail matched with vivid colour schemes, all this from a man who has never really seen anyone elses drawings. His art presents a truly unique and strange vision, much of which has been captured in this documentary.
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