Green on the Horizon
18 min, 1988, super 8 to video
Written and directed by Philip Sanderson and Steven Ball
The Girl: Angela Staples
Voices: Patricia Hosking and Tony Raven
Shot on location at Cliffe Marshes, England
An exploration of a bleak and mysterious marshland by a young woman on a bicycle who navigates this strange territory with the aid of a portable tape recorder whose prompt functions as an audio or guide book. Not quite a treasure hunt, the goal she seeks seems unclear, the journey is perhaps a self-fulfilling exercise. It has some of the atmosphere of a television thriller, a home movie Mission Impossible at whose outcome we can only speculate.
- Jeremy Welsh, Electric Eyes programme, Film and Video Umbrella, 1988
Short cuts make long delays. 'Green on the Horizon' makes a wonderful diversion.
- Steven Bode, City Limits, London, 28 April, 1988