HD Video / 60mins
“Essentially, to talk about dimensions of Ireland is to talk about modes and moods of seeing. Seek for Fódhla not on horseback riding northwards, nor in a boat sailing westwards. Seek her in seeing.”
- John Moriarty
Open Night Cinema’s final project of 2015 - STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED - a feature film documenting an entirely improvised cinematic experience by members and friends of ONC.
A totemic walkabout through a single cycle of John Moriarty’s DREAMTIME, STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED is a waking nightmare spawned from the id of Dublin City’s decaying industrial zones. The textures and patterns, light and shadows and the very material of sound and image construct an experience that re-realises our cultural past, present and future in one metamorphic breath.
"Compress humanity into an instant and enclose it. What we see, the places we belong to, our own existence, all this has an origin and it is by following certain logical sequential stages that we can return to the beginning, to an era when a simple mind can move a mountain and where stars, rocks and trees can innocently co-exist."
- Cinepaxy, Dec 2016
STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED incorporates the use of analogue film projection, live improvised soundscapes and intense vocal and physical performances. It is the result of 6 months of ongoing collaborative performances. Devised and produced by Michael Higgins and Cillian Roche in collaboration with members and friends of ONC, Guerilla Aerial and Unbend Legout with kind permission from Lilliput Press.
Born in June 2015 Open Night Cinema is a non-profit 'pop-up' film studio that lives, breathes and sleeps throughout the industrial landscapes of Dublin City, Ireland. ONC primarily feeds on cinematic events designed with characteristics of cinema and theatre. These events are intended to rupture and transform the space outside the projected frame breathing life into the cinematic experience.
Watch it in its entirety at EFS VOD