No Place (Looking Forward)

by Miles, Sarah

Video 2005

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King's Lynn and King's Cross stand at either end of the railway line into and out of London and, provide archetypal representations of the country and the city. No Place is a work in two parts is divided into two parts which can be shown together or separately: No Place (King's Cross) (20 mins) set in King's Cross, London represents the point of view of a woman (Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz grown up into Judy from Hitchcock's classic Vertigo) looking back, from the apparent sanctuary of a church, contrasting her memories of the countryside with a loss of innocence, and of childhood illusions, following her arrival in the Emerald City. An elusive collage of real and fictional characters who all live in a kind of temporary limbo a long way from home but still looking for a sense of belonging. No Place (King's Lynn) (13 mins) set in King's Lynn reflects the point of view of a young girl watching The Wizard of Oz in a movie theatre. The fenlands surrounding Kings Lynn are reminiscent of the hillbilly flatlands of Kansas and the magic of childhood and cinema are conflated.

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