2008, Digital video, stereo sound, 11 minutes 15 seconds

Conceived at the nexus of fantasy and flesh, The Lingering and the Stain records the actual etching of a poem onto a woman’s skin by a blind tattooist. Bound by rope and contract to perfect stillness, the woman’s mind wanders through the pain: perhaps her thoughts direct the needle, perhaps she’s ruled by the consensual act. Part gothic neo-noir, part hyper-real documentary, The Lingering and the Stain is a literally spine tingling short film.

Direction: Elena Knox, Roberto Jean François
Text and edit: Elena Knox
Camera: Paul J Warren, John Brawley
Light: Paul J Warren
Sound and music: Naomi Radomishelski
Performance: Elena Knox, Josh Roelink
Makeup and hair: Georg Wotawa
Stills: Rowena Hall
Production: Lull Studios

Down Under Film Festival, Berlin 2012
International Streaming Festival, The Hague 2011
Red Hot Shorts: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne 2009
Athens Video Art Festival, Greece 2009
Akademie der Künste: Poesiefestival, Berlin 2009
Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney 2009
World Aids Day: Athens Central Metro Station, Greece 2009
St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne 2009
Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin 2008

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