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Lives – and places – both personal and collective are unsettled, uncertain, in-motion, in-between, curious and concerned in this quartet of works by emerging film-makers Emma Cheung, George Marigold, Finn Murphy and Zhao Zepeng. A Q&A with Cheung, Marigold and Murphy will follow the screenings.
Passing Through is a short documentary exploring time, belonging, suburban and rural living and the English landscape through the lens of a 150 mile walk from London to Birmingham along the Grand Union Canal. Treading the towpath between two cities, the filmmaker traces towns and villages that are easily ignored on countless train journeys along the West Coast Main Line. A 14-day walking expedition allows the audience to slow down and experience the English landscape with an intimacy that is rare in our high-speed mechanised world. Along the way we meet Jamie, a young man from Berkhamsted, Max, a freelance journalist living in Tring, Louis, a BMX rider from Milton Keynes, Heather, an artist working from a studio in Braunston, and Paula, the owner of a café at Hatton Locks. These interviews act as windows into Britain, giving voice to the emotional and economic realities of small-town living.
Emma Cheung is a London-based Birmingham-bred filmmaker interested in walking, landscape, psychogeography and the mundane. She has a BA in English Literature from University College London and an MA in Ethnographic & Documentary Film from UCL and Open City. Along with Finn Murphy, she has set up Loose Associations, a mixed media collective focusing on self-publishing, DIY analogue photography and printmaking.
Towering over the New Forest national park, Fawley power station used to be one of the main sources of employment in the area. Now decommissioned and due for demolition, planning has been granted for an ultra-modern smart town to replace it. Shot over the first lockdown, the film explores the challenges and opportunities that this transitory moment presents to the community living at its base.
Hailing from rural Somerset in the south west of England, George works across analogue and digital mediums to explore social and physical landscapes from the perspectives of his contributors. He recently completed an MA in ethnographic and documentary film at UCL in London, where he lives today.
A poetic meditation on the impermanence of nature and the city. Shot over 6 months during a global pandemic, we are taken on a journey through London, witnessing the battle between nature and the developing city, accompanied by a construction worker, a Buddhist monk and a man in the woods.
Finn Murphy is a London based filmmaker from the North West interested in people and the way we interact with our environments. As an avid scooter rider Finn has a unique perspective on the city which he tries to encapsulate his work. He has an MA in Ethnographic & Documentary Film from UCL and Open City. Along with Emma Cheung, he has set up Loose Associations, a mixed media collective focusing on self-publishing, DIY analogue photography and printmaking.
The helpless intruder is drifting in the metropolis. After he becomes transparent and isolated there, he tries to observe the city. Finally, he finds that the city is folding, layer by layer, and the crease between them is gradually deepening.
Zhao Zepeng, a student who just graduated from UCL, is a filmmaker who is still exploring. He is also a Ken Griffey, Jr. fan, one who was born too late.
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