Commercial Break

by Garratt, Chris

Film: 16mm 1980


"Chris Garratt's films use a 'structuralist' project with wit and humour. In Romantic Italy the material is dense enough to allow a really thorough critique of the 'found material' he uses (in this case, a really boring travelogue) where the result is educative without being condescendingly didactic. Other films maintain the level of hilarity manipulating imagery to produce new ways of seeing the image, illusion and materiality neatly combined. Commercial Break uses a Daz commercial as the base for showing the manipulation of the people acting in the advert by remanipulating them: the ghastly strained smile on the interviewer's face stays with one long after watching the film, and speaks volumes." - Jeanette Iljon.


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