GRĀDINA URZICA
the nettle garden


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A short documentary about what it means to live life closer to the soil.



10mins 2022






heavy boughs


concept film for a larger project, using writing and lensless photography. 

Shot & edited January 2022











a cave drama



Artist Isabell Kinga Markus (@isabellkinga) reflects on the freefalling experience of lockdown, through the monochromatic murals she is painting on her studio walls.

Shot on hand-developed, push-processed 35mm B&W Kodak Tri-X 400 in May 2021.











I remember once you needed me
2020

I remember how we watched
the skies change, and we said goodbye
I remember, I remembered to wait.



A director assembles a group of young men to meet under the watchful gaze of a documentary film crew, he is creating an elaborate re-staging of a sexual assault that occurred to him outside his house in 2013. Exploring the lines of consent and the erotics of power, the young men reveal their own stories through role play and physical movement.

Deeply self reflexive, and ponderous of the role of authenticity in cinema the film boundary-crosses willingly to examine what it is that makes film so vital, but also how it can be that we find truth within the cinematic art. Offering a unique perspective on historical trauma and a powerful reflection on the nature of performance, this is a bold and dynamic approach to documentary cinema whilst also being a deeply personal examination of healing.


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65’
2020

I don’t know your name


Finding a way to remove the shame from a sexual assault, a director psychodramatically re-stages the event using actors and documents the entire process.  

Describing the complexity of trauma through this single intimate encounter, documentary and performance techniques are used to narrativise a process of realisation.

Reviews

“haptic and challenging hybrid film making…a genuinely innovative filmic form”
Emma Davies (Director of ‘I am Breathing’)

“a powerful exploration about how the past speaks to the present”
Amir George (Programmer True/False Film Festival)

“really powerful and moving… self-reflexive, first person filmmaking”
Treasa O’Brien (Director of ‘Town of Strangers’)

“this is a film about the complexity of depicting trauma in cinema and the vulnerability that artists place themselves under when sharing intimate experiences.”
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Starring - Julian Triandafyllou, Daniel Lumsden, Lukasz Leskiewicz, Gabriel Reffati
Producer- Becky Manson
Cinematographer - Marios Lizides
Sound Design & Composer - Matt Zurowksi
Production Designer- Takahiro Ueno

2020, 12’

Read an essay exploring the film, and watch here