Sheepwoman (Sheepman and the Sheared, Pt 7)

by Leggett, Mike

Film: 16mm 1975

London Filmmakers Co-op, Fitzroy Rd, London, England

A film in seven parts for continuous single screen projection with an approximate running time of 2 hours 15 minutes. The film takes Landscape as Object in front of the filmmaker and the Medium; it is not about rural life or the mythology of The Land, neither does it seek to present a personalised impression visual or otherwise of the state of residing in a rural district of the South West of England. The coincidence of flora, fauna and man-made object, processes and activities, with the film frame are in no way paramount to an inspection of the total film process by which an observation of this kind is made possible- specific conditions to do with both Nature and men's activity with Nature are recorded with the camera but is essentially a subject to the observation and reaction to its operator. What is subsequently examined in the precise activity of assembly of the camera rolls; assembly such as in Window almost entirely dictated by the length of time the camera ran on each occasion or in Farm which takes into account the pre-determined sub-assembly systems within each of the rolls before arriving at any final order, a decision more determined by a process of inspection and adjustment over a period of time. Return to the camera image of Sheepman together with control of camera and then examines the image resultant in conjunction with synchronous/non-synchronous sound and written word image. Part 5 (Farm) made with a grant from the South West Arts Association. " In Sheepman & the Sheared, Leggett delicately negotiates a dialectic between creation of images, and stripping the images of their illusionism. The comprehensiveness of his task provides the film with its interest: the evident intelligence and diligence make the film an imposing work in the canon of the British structural film." - Daryl Chin, New York Soho Weekly.


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