From One Thoresby Street gallery handout:
"Ian Nesbitt is an experimental filmmaker, often working in collaboration with non-artists and their own archive footage. For 'Sketches of Borneo c. 1978' he returns to footage of his own pre-memory childhood, re-editing reels of his parents' cine-film to a set of guidelines in the tradition of structural film.
The relentless and predetermined cut of the edit forces a narrative of sorts through unrelated scenes of colonial gardens, food markets, military ceremonies, cock fights and oilfields. Interminable boat rides across an unquantifiable body of water serve as both schism and conduit."
The film has been scored live on a number of occasions, with different musicans providing improvised soundtrack each time. Here, the film has a recorded soundtrack by guitarist Jim Ghedi.