Dean Chalkley’s second film ‘Serge’, is a glimpse into the world of the ‘Physical Culturist’.
It is a study of form, grace, and elegance.
Although the subject matter would nowadays be termed as ‘bodybuilding’, this study looks at things differently.
There are several questions thrown up by the film including perception of masculinity, preconception, and taste.
‘Serge’ could be seen as experimental but defies exact classification due to the fact that it is in many ways classic and formal in its construction.
Images are complimented by a haunting interpretation of Catullus’s poem ‘Odi et Amo’ composed and performed by Johann Johannsson.
The result is a poignant and compelling study of a man.
The film was shot on super 8, written and directed by Dean.
The haunting soundtrack by icelandic contempory classical composer Johann Johannsson, is entitled "Odi et
It recites Catullus' Ancient poem in Latin through the means of modern technology:
"I hate and I love.
Wherefore would I do this, perhaps you ask?
I do not know.
But I feel that it happens and I am tortured."
Serge was edited by Spencer Doane.