Always Somewhere Else engages with the road as a cultural symbol and the motel as a significant figure in the landscape, as well as being culturally important. A central element is the idea of the road as place, shifting and dynamic in its relationship with its associated roadside landscape.
An important strand of this work are the fragments left to me about a travelling man, my father, whose stories and images have remained a presence throughout my life. Always Somewhere Else takes as its point of departure the apocryphal story of my father, when he was 17 or 18 years old, walking out of his home, in Maryport, Cumberland, to buy cigarettes for my grandfather, and returning 17 years later, having spent the intervening time in America, or so the story goes. He was in the USA during the 1920s and into the 30s, a period of economic prosperity and depression. We travelled at a time of economic uncertainty echoing the Depression years my father would have known.
Serendipity and the chance encounter are central this short film, as well as an attentiveness to, and awareness of the richness of ordinary lives.
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