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Derek Jarman – Journey to Avebury
July 8, 2017, 7:46 am
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Beautiful short film.

Excerpts from detailed article by writer and filmmaker Adam Scovell to be found over at Celluloid Wicker Man

Out of all of Derek Jarman’s pre-feature length film work, his short capture of a 1971 walking trip, A Journey To Avebury, is perhaps his most interesting and subtly complex piece of short film work.  These were the early days of Jarman’s experimentation when his work as a painter and even a set designer still seemed to dominate over his purely cinematic interests.

Yet A Journey To Avebury is not a simple home movie.  Its format belies such readings as it was, after all, the format most popular for home recordings and documenting holiday trips in the 1970s.  But in the hands of Jarman, the film becomes something else; it is a document of landscape and a critique of its perception with the potential of its weird past to bleach through into the chemicals of the celluloid.

The stones not only appear to resist movement but also appear to give rise to a psychical power upon the people surrounding them. This was an aspect also used in the series, Children Of The Stones (1977), which goes so far as to even mention the story of the crushed barber and insert him into the narrative.  It could be said that the stones possess some form of “inner” which also explains why the music of Coil works so well in the film.  The soundtrack is electronic and almost ritual like its repetition but also contrasts the natural with the human.  By using such music (recorded at a later date), the film taps into this potential “inner” of the stones Jarman is capturing which are already defying reality thanks to the director and their own special physical form.


The Menhir Motorway – Short Film
April 30, 2016, 9:13 am
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Adam Scovell curates the Celluloid Wicker Man blog which collates his own writings and film work which include a number of super 8 productions to be found at Celluloid Wicker Man Films. Adam’s passions include Folk Horror, Landscape in Film and Literature, Film Music And Sound Analysis, British Art House and Cult Cinema. He has also written on Hauntology themes.

The Menhir Motorway is Adam’s first film for 2016. It is a super-8 looking at the Ballard-scapes found on the peninsula of The Wirral, specifically in Wallasey. It examines the links between the urban menhir known as Grannies Rock and the nearby motorway’s concrete labyrinths and pathways. The film’s music is by In Atoms from Liverpool and it is voiced by Paul Carmichael. It is the first in a planned series of shorts looking at neglected, liminal spaces. Watch another Adam Scovell short film Salthouse Marshes also featuring the music of In Atoms

Listen to In Atoms on Bandcamp




The White Bus
August 3, 2013, 9:28 am
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The White Bus  is a short film by Lindsay Anderson starring Patricia Healey and Shelagh Delaney.(much loved by fans of The Smiths) – it was too long to be a short and too short to be a feature, so has been little seen and remains unreleased…

Essential Soundtracks – Morvern Callar
June 22, 2012, 10:03 am
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First in an occasional series exploring essential and obscure soundtracks for listeners of the Golden Apples to add to thier collections. In this film a rich and intriguing story unfolds following Morvern’s journey from a prosaic life on the remote Scottish coast to self-abandonment and re-invention in sun drenched Spain. The beautiful visuals are wrapped in a soundtrack that is more like a personal mixtape shared with a friend and includes tracks from Can, Broadcast, Boards of Canada, The Velvet Underground, Stereolab and Lee Hazelwood amongst others…