Number 4 is still on back order. Not sure I’ll ever feel the need to own all of this series? I think there are sixteen of them. But right now they’re a fascinating sound diary of a working life in art, during what I find to be a particularly interesting period.
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There are two copies of this left at forged-river.com as I write this. Or you can buy the digital download. Mark Williamson is among our most important British landscape artists, and also our most inventive ambient musicians. I feel very lucky to have been able to grab a copy of this.
I saw this, I think, in the early 90s, on what was probably its second terrestrial transmission. It files next to ARTEMIS 81 as one of those genuine curiosities of British video. (Director Jamil Dehlavi is Pakistani/French, but he was based in Britain for a long time and much of his work was produced and/or funded here, like this one, which came out of FilmFour as I recall.)
I haven’t seen it since. But while looking for something else I came across this limited-edition release, and, hell, I’m in lockdown, and I can have the occasional film if I want. Hoping for a clear couple of hours some time next week when I can sit down and watch it.
Peter Firth has always had a quirky career, and has done ambitious and off-centre things apparently just because he’d like to try them and thinks they should exist. Suzan Crowley’s entire career has been weird; she’s one of the great rogue actors of our generation. Nabil Shaban, who co-stars, is a powerhouse.