Sue Ford’s experimental film Faces consists of portraits of the artist and her friends and acquaintances. Each subject is framed in close-up and filmed for roughly 25 seconds at a time. Variously self-conscious, serious, nonchalant, curious, amused and distracted, the camera captures every small gesture, expression and flicker of emotion on the person’s face. The result is an examination of portraiture and the performance of identity, demonstrating the artist’s interest in using the camera to capture reality, time and change.
Participants in the film include artists Micky Allan, Bonita Ely and Paul Reed, among others.
How to watch
This work has been digitised and can be viewed in the display above.
In ACMI's collection
Black and White
16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)
MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation
MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan
MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - presentation
MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - overscan
MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI External Digital Access Copy