Art Films

Immersion

I am drawn to the river, to float in my wet suit, suspended, weightless above another world.

This film is an experiment in underwater filming, observing the changing body of the river through the seasons.
I edited the visual material and then added the sound track and found by chance the two pieces rhythmically complemented each other. “You can invite chance to affect your artistic material in the same way it affects any other kind of relationship. It’s something that can enable the whole self, rather than the limited ego, to direct the creative process. And it also reveals the continuity, or intermingling, of the self and the world, which flow like a river. Chance and intuition are like nets you can dip into this endless source.” James Etherington

Music: ‘Animals’ by James Etherington, sung by hortus vocalis and conducted by Markus Wettstein

Just an Entrée

The filmmaker narrates a series of dreams with water themes, dreamt over the course of a year during which she went to New Zealand. The film captures how closely her dream world and the material world she explores run parallel, and sometimes interweave, reality becoming dream-like. Both worlds are imbued with mystery and a sense of omnipresent danger.
Selected for screening at the 2012 Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

The Voice of Redwater

The Voice of Redwater is an artist’s film about the journey a stream makes from its source on a Pennine moor to its confluence with the Calder River. Five women set out to meet the stream and listen to its voice, and to them it reveals itself. ‘I am life. I am instinct. I am we, we collective, coming together in this instinctual, primeval knowing of finding movement.’ Redwater has much to say about its relationship to humans and leaves a deep impression on the listeners.

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Redwater stream begins life as a small pool on a moor in the South Yorkshire Pennines (A). It runs down through woods and glades, past my terraced house and into the derelict grounds of a rubber mill. Here it is culverted beneath the mill (B) and has its confluence (all underground) with the Calder River.

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This drawing of Pudsey Mill circa 1825 shows the mill-dam (A) formed to drive the water wheel (B) and Redwater stream flowing from the dam past the front of the mill building (C). William Greenwood’s cottage (D) can be seen behind the mill. He was a hand loom weaver who kept a diary. ‘From his diary you can tell that he often got up from his loom, went to the cottage door, stopped to chat with this neighbour or that. He often left his work entirely, perhaps to follow the hare-hunt, to walk, to go swimming in a mill-dam with his friends…’ (Croft, 1994, p.13,14)

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The rubbish found in Redwater stream collected by a journeyer during the making of the film in 2012, including nappies.