FMP: Experimental Screening
As we have already filmed and got a stage in editing where we are beginning to be happy with it, after tweaking and changing bits using the feedback we have been given as a guide we thought it would be good to go and to an experimental screening and discussion to compare our work.
The talk and screening was held at the Herbert Art Gallery and was taken by artists Louise and Jane Wilson, who discussed their experimental film ‘Unfolding the Aryan Papers’
‘It splices together new footage with original photographs from the archive in this beautifully shot film which draws together many layers of history and memory.
Co-owned by Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures and facilitated and supported by the Contemporary Art Society. Commissioned by Animate Projects and the BFI, London.’
The film uses images and footage from the Kubrick Archives that were intended by Stanley Kubrick to make ‘Aryan Papers’; an adaptation of novel ‘Wartime Lies’ (a Holocaust novel by Louis Begley) but after a lengthy process he decided to scrap the film, this may have been down to painful memories of family members in the Holocaust.
Not only does the film use original footage and pictures, but Jane and Louise took it one step further by using pieces of the original script and finding the original actress who was cast for the main character in the original production and getting her to speak about her experience; the audition process and costume fitting process, as the images and old footage were taken through the costume fitting process.
Jane and Louise took Kubrick’s ‘Aryan Papers’ and broke it down fragmenting it and then putting it back together in order to make ‘Unfolding Aryan Papers’. The exhibition installation is built up of a black gauze box with a screen inside and a mirror either side of the screen, which is to represent and intensify the folding and unfolding of the ‘Aryan Papers’.
It was interesting to see this work as it had many of the same characteristics of our film, with repeated images, the person not only telling the story but having been the focus in the visuals also. A lot of people have mentioned the repetitive images but we have them as a representation of the actions, thoughts and feelings that go round and round repeating themselves in the mind of a mentally unstable person. The talk was particularly interesting as you could see the passion of the filmmakers and the intrigue behind the original story which enabled them to engage so fully. From this you could see and tell that thee artists only worked on projects that they felt drawn to or felt passionately about. Our film like this one holds intrigue and is made with true passing and engagement from myself as the filmmaker.