Renowned filmmaker William Raban presents two works that reflect on the sights and sounds of the river through an approach that takes in the documentary, the archival and the poetic. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist led by Dr Jonathan Dronsfield.
Renowned filmmaker William Raban presents 'Beating the Bridges' and 'Thames Film'. Described by Peter Ackroyd as a film of 'beauty sublimity and terror' Thames Film travels along the river length creating a reflective, ambivalent approach to cinematic Modernism. Narrated by John Hurt, it is the closest Raban comes to a conventional documentary, incorporating archive film from 1921-1951, panoramic photographs taken in 1937. Brueghel the Elder's painting the Triumph of Death and T.S.Eliot reading Four Quartets. Raban centres a study of the sites of modernity, and the meanings that time has inscribed into them, on the Thames. This is preceeded by Raban's 'Beating the Bridges' which uses the 30 bridges of the Thames as a range of acoustic space that is featured on the soundtrack by ambient reverb and a live percussion score. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist.
For the last 25 years, since making THAMES FILM, William Rabanís films have been partly concerned with documenting East London. These films include SUNDIAL (1992), A13 (1994), ISLAND RACE (1996), BEATING the BRIDGES (1997) FIRESTATION (2000), MM (2002) AYSHE's TALE (2008) and the current film ABOUT NOW MMX. All these films adopt an experimental method that is combined with a documentary approach to the subject material. They have been shown on television and screened widely at international documentary film festivals such as Marseilles, Lisbon, Leipzig and Amsterdam. William Raban lives and works in London is Currently reader in Film at LCC, University of the Arts London.
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