The story of a fisherman obsessed with and living in the past bleeds into the filmmaking artistry of Mark Jenkin’s beautiful, lo-fi gem.
One of the defining British films of the decade.
Shot on 16mm monochrome film with a hand-cranked Bolex camera, Mark Jenkin’s daring, singular debut feature celebrates the filmmaking of the past; suitably mirroring the film's narrative.
Cornish fisherman Martin Ward (Edward Rowe) can’t bear the tourists that flock to his harbour each year. Their modern ways and their own fascination with the traditional ways of life propel Martin further into the past, as he desperately clings on to it, despite the world around him changing. This dark, eerie piece is richly textured, and takes us into both the deep waters of the Cornish coast and a divided British identity, for a truly unforgettable cinematic treat.
A deflated balloon limps gently across a busy street. That balloon belonged to a young girl, and it's the story of a day in her life, and her mother's, that Edem Kelman chooses to tell. But it could be the life of so many in the city; therein lies the beauty of this remarkable and understated film featuring the lives of everyday people,
Edem Kelman | 2020 | United Kingdom | English | 9 min
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