Compton Verney hosted the premier of Liz Rideal’s film, shot at Niagara, Burleigh Falls and Big Cedar in Canada. Projected onto the Capability Brown landscape at Compton Verney it focused attention on the mesmeric power of scenery, provoking a visual debate between real and filmed nature, with and without rain.
Shot on Super 8, this silent film is a conscious meditation on the beauty of the natural world. It tracks the movement of water, snow packed firm on land, a frozen lake, wheeling gulls, camouflaged deer, rainbows, and the snow laden branches of trees. The result is an enigmatic portrayal of a particularly distinctive terrain, which is projected onto the dramatic backdrop of a lake and trees at Compton Verney, illuminating the immediate landscape as it descends into dusk.