For eighteen months (ending Sept 2010) years I was the resident artist for the tiny (62 households) village of New Luce in SouthWest Scotland. For the first 3 months I walked the land and met people to form a picture of the area and my own sense of why the village was there and some feelings about what the future might hold.
This film is a montage of that research material all of the voices in the film are people from New Luce and all the still photographs were lent by local folk also - 2 rivers meet in the village and this became a repeated metaphor for me connecting past, present and future.
Note to all film-makers etc.....this was never intended as a finished piece of work, rather it was part of work-in-progress of a larger art project that led to 4 permanent sculptural installations in and around the village. I've put it up here because I re-watched it recently and was struck at the way time has already moved on in farming etc in Galloway and I found it an interesting document about the evolution of a village - even if some of the sound and editing is a bit painful in places (apologies)
The film was premiered in the village pub (Kenmuir Arms) in November 2009 more that 50 people came to watch.
The New Luce project was a collaboration between myself, artist Jo Shennan and the residents of New Luce