by Richardson, Emily

Video 2002

Lux Open, RCA, London, UK, 2003

Nocturne is a 5 minute film shot entirely at night in deserted streets of the city. The film attempts to find images of London at night that reveal the presence of the past, or the presence of the dead, hinting at its concealed history. It is shot in deserted streets around the East End of London and Docklands as there is a feeling of an echoic city filled with shadows that manifests itself there at night. It is composed of long static viewpoints, each shot slowly unfolding in time as if by looking long enough it's secrets will be revealed. Shooting on 16mm film, using long exposures and timelapse techniques together give the film an intensity of colour and a sense of fleeting or historical time. On these forgotten streets the sounds of night puncture the silence with more frantic, desperate outbursts and the silence becomes an active element. The film soundtrack recreates this teeming silence full of the sounds we tend to filter out, sounds such as the faint rumble of cars in the distance, planes flying overhead, the footsteps of people passing by, occasional voices and the wind blowing rubbish along the street. Sound by Benedict Drew.


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