From In an Ideal World I’d Not Be Murdered.
Symbolically pearls provide a vehicle for wisdom. Pearls provide a mirror in which to see ourselves but also gives us insight in how we appear to others.
In this film the woman is on a mission to ‘find herself’ through pearls that she thinks are hidden in the rocks. While down below her son is trying desperately to communicate, to gain her attention, her love. In fact, he is trying to tell her that she already has pearls if only she could see them.
Kobe is a revised extract from a 30 minute poetry film collection Nothing In The Garden by Chaucer Cameron and Helen Dewbery.
Clean lines came out of an online collaboration. Over a period of time participants were asked to write to sound and image and then create a poem. The idea was for me to take the leftover lines, plus the images and produce a poetry film.
Initially, I found it difficult to find my way into writing a poem with the given words, and strangely enough, the images appeared a distraction. So, I decided to give myself a time limit of twenty minuets to write a poem.
At the end of twenty minuets I had three poems: a narrative, a lyric and an erasure poem. I then decided not to use the given images at all. Instead I used my own. Again I gave myself twenty minutes to find the images.
I liked the idea of erasure and adapted the page poem to screen. It was during this process that the third/ fourth narrative came into play and the long erasure page-poem transformed on screen, to become, not simply a pared down version of itself, but a new poem, multi-layered and open to various interpretations.
By the end of the process I realised that I had started off writing to image with all the difficulties that entails and somewhere along the line had switched into my more sub-conscious and relaxed poetry style, displacing the images in order to write to them more effectively. Then it was just a matter of re-introducing the image to text and once that occurred the film made itself.
Thank you to my co-collaborators: Hilda Sheehan, Gavin Salisbury and Anna-May Laugher.