Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 - Nathaniel Dorsky

"Most filmmakers think about light when making films. All film is light, after all; every image in every film needs the light that illuminates it in order to exist – for capture, and for projection. Yet few think about it quite as much as artist-filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. As he writes…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 - Interview - Sandi Tan

"What does it mean to pour all of yourself into something, only to lose it? Detective documentary Shirkers examines the mysterious legacy of a missing film of the same title. Having found the footage from the original film more than twenty five years after its making and shaped a…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 - Interview - Scott Barley

Scott Barley is an artist and filmmaker from Newport, South Wales. This interview took place over email, after his first feature film Sleep Has Her House played at Sheffield Doc/Fest and before it screens at London's Deptford Cinema. Can you describe your early experiences with filmmaking, and the development…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 - Scott Barley, Eternal Gloaming

Some filmmakers innovate; whilst others iterate. Some, such as Scott Barley—a young filmmaker who has spent several years making slow, concentrated landscape films on his mobile phone—manage to do both of these things; repeating and refining, reinventing when necessary. “In a way, I am making the same film…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 - The Solitude Of The Athlete

"Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965, Kon Ishikawa explained that with Tokyo Olympiad, his spectacular portrait of the 1964 Summer Olympics, his aim was “to grasp the solemnity of the moment when man defies his limits, and to express the solitude of the athlete who, in order…

Feature - Against Flatness

"Almost from the very beginning of cinema's history, filmmakers have been trying to push the boundaries of the medium. While recent thinking often resists the presumption that images should be a certain height and width, housed with the square or rectangular containers they’ve become contained to, much early…

Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999, Mark Leckey)

"Mark Leckey’s Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) starts with a grain-laden spectral blue skyline. Surreal but serene, the scene sets the tone for the film it fades into, a chronological collage covering three decades of UK dance culture that connects northern soul to acid house and hardcore. A…

Frames of Representation 2018 - Extinction

Salomé Lamas’ Extinction opens with a face looking directly at the screen. Shot in grainy black and white, the close-up composition immediately recalls her 2012 film No Man’s Land, in which a man faces the camera and describes the atrocities of his life. Though it also features interviews (alongside…

Frames of Representation 2018 - The Human Epoch

"Frames of Representation’s founding mission was to bring “new forms of documentary cinema” to London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, but this mandate felt a little looser for the festival’s third edition. The lineup included several fiction films and was generally marked by a readjustment of its…