'LYRICAL VISIONS IV' Evening screenings of short films and a feature film from Multi Award winning Director Boris Mitic 'IN PRAISE of NOTHING' narrated by Iggy Pop
Shorts Programme (38 mins approximately)
Perfection and Failure by Clay Kenyon 2019 2 mins / The Muse by Patricia Pabustan 2019 3 mins / The Fool by James Wright 2019 2 mins 40 secs/ Untime by Zhanlong Deng 2019 3 mins / Known Unto God by Suzie Hanna 2016 3 mins 24 secs (This animated collaboration with NZ poet laureate, Bill Manhire, is one of a series of works that endeavour to understand the incomprehensible; exploring contemporary events while also contemplating the First World War) / Words (Premiere) by Martin Sercombe and Gus Simonovic 9 mins 2019 Two poems by Simonovic challenge our familiar perceptions of the words and objects which surround us. Sercombe undertakes a parallel, visual exploration of a domestic environment, using a macro lens. The electro-acoustic soundtrack by Yota Kobayashi and others builds a rich atmosphere of suggested off screen activity, drawing us into imaginary worlds beyond the camera frame. / Sleeping Alone by Marc Neys 2019 3 mins Belgian artist Marc Neys’ visual response to a poem by Amy Miller. / The Grass is Greener by Orla McHardy 2010 4 mins 39 secs An interpretation of a poem by the eccentric Scottish poet, Ivor Cutler. / A Scribe’s Haiku #3 by Kathryn Darnell 2016 2 mins 12 secs This is part of a series of calligraphic animations of original haikus by the artist about her work as a calligrapher. / The Royal Oak by Sandra Salter 2013 2 mins 5 secs A local pub, despite it’s refit continues to be a bolt-hole, refuge and home to its regulars. Salter’s animation features a poem by Benedict Newbery. / I am an Open Window by Rachel Shearer 2015 5 mins 42 secs
Followed by Feature Film 'IN PRAISE of NOTHING'' (78 mins) Directed by Boris Mitic and narrated by Iggy Pop.
Synopsis: A satirical documentary parable about Nothing, in which Nothing, tired of being misunderstood, runs away from home and comes to address us for the first and the last time. Researched through 20.000 pages of the most eclectic bibliography ever used in a documentary film, shot over 8 years by 62 cinematographers in 70 countries; scored by cabaret grandmasters Pascal Comelade and the Tiger Lillies; narrated – in simple childlike rhymes – by Iggy Pop.
“This palate cleanser from director Boris Mitic is never less than gorgeous.” - The Financial Times
“A sensationally strange slice of avant-garde pontificating.” - The Guardian
“An incantatory ode to the quizzical that challenges the pieties of documentary’s presumptive sobriety.” - Sight & Sound
“This was the only real thing I saw today.” - Christine Monori, Miss Romania
“A monumental abstraction!” - Dejan Petrovic, Radio Beograd 3
“Watching this film is like a mixture of feelings from before and after making love.” – Agron Domi
“Can I screen this film at my funeral, twice?” – Johan Kolinsky