Shown at Art Experimeta Vol1, TriSpace Gallery, London, WhittyGordon Projects - City Life, London and Canned Film Festival (2014), Artwork Studios and Gallery, Northwich. Inspired by the high angle shots in Brief Encounter (1945) Dir Lean. Moving the CCTV culture to the Film Noir landscape.
Shown as part of Handmade Festival (2014), Leicester, Canned Film Festival (2014), Artwork Studios and Gallery, Northwich and Breeze Collectives 1 Night Only Film Festival, Durham. A video montage exploring the removal of studio lights from westerns to leave a more authentic scene. Taking place within the saloon environment.
Shown at BYOB Birmingham (2013), Two Queens After Party (YAY), Leicester (2014), Canned Film Festival (2014), Artwork Studios and Gallery and Northwich, Breeze Collectives 1 Night Only Film Festival, Durham and House of Voodoo by Hopscotch Voodoo at Folkestone Quarterhouse . Made in response to the Native American Modoc Ghost Dance, that failed to raise the dead in a fight against the U.S. Army in (1872-3). Eadweard Muybridge's biographer Rebecca Solnit drew the conclusion that modern day technology that created cinemas is a closer and more successful attempt at raising the dead. Something we have come to do on a daily basis when watching films.
The culmination of over a two years work at finding the position of the classic genre of the Western, a cardboard model film set has been produced to raise the images of the dead once more.
Dedicated in the loving memory of my friend Laura Peaty
Inspired by the Modoc Ghost dance to raise the dead. An edited and re-shot scene from Double Indemnity (1944) Dir Billy Wilder. Giving the actors of the film another taste of immortality that cinema gives them. Something that the Ghost Dance failed to achieve in their fight against the U.S. Army. Cinema allows raise actors from the dead for a short period.
Shown as part of Fringe Arts Bath (2013) In Others Words Show, BYOB Brighton (2013), Canned Film Festival (2014), Artwork Studios and Gallery, Northwich and Breeze Collectives 1 Night Only Film Festival, Durham. Inspired by Shampoo Silenced (2005) by Kasia Lassinaro removed the dialogue from the screenplay to Shampoo (1975). Taking the next step myself to the visual level, the finished product, the film. Settling on Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (1966) removing the dialogue, leaving only tension that was found in the chosen scene that was further manipulated. Using my intervention I have hardly touched the video, focusing on only a few gestures than before. And allowing for a sustained period of Elizabeth Taylor as she talks about her idealized son.
I do not own the rights to the footage, Warner Brothers own the rights. I have used the footage for creative purposes.