A film about memory, death and re-runs.

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Hot Docs, Fantastic Fest, CPH:DOX, BAFICI, Edinburgh, DOXA, Union Docs, Rio, East End, Torino, Atlántida.

AWARDS

Fantastic Fest — Audience Award, 3rd Place
BAFICI — Grand Prize, Avant-Garde and Genre Competition
Boston Underground — Director's Choice Award

PRESS

'A remarkable cine-essay ... oddly moving and unlike any film in recent memory.' — THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

'An experimental film in the truest sense. It's hypnotic but ponderous. It's boring but fascinating. It could mean nothing, but it could be brilliant.' — BIRTH MOVIES DEATH

'British filmmaker, poet, and writer Ross Sutherland's entry at Hot Docs is one of the festival's most unusual and potentially mind-altering selections.' — POV MAGAZINE

'Reinforces the power of creative readings and the depth of even the most seemingly superficial imagery.' — 4:3

 

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Ross Sutherland

PRODUCED AND EDITED BY
Ross Sutherland and Charlie Lyne

STAGE VERSION DIRECTED BY
Rob Watt

STAGE VERSION PRODUCED BY
Show and Tell

VHS ENGINEERING BY
Sam Meech

SUPPORTED BY
Arts Council England

Soap operas are designed to disappear. We were never meant to go back...

Originally broadcast on BBC2, as part of the BBC's Performance Live theatre series.

"On October 7 1997, Ross Sutherland was watching EastEnders with his parents when there was a knock at the door. He never saw the end of that episode. Now, 20 years later, Ross returns to his family home to revisit the events of that night, with a little help from EastEnders. Aided by musician Jonnie Common, Ross remixes that fateful episode into an audio-visual poem, finding new meanings hidden in the background of the soap.

PRESS

"A dazzling sung-through monologue, performed and written by the poet Ross Sutherland, staged and shot in Sutherland’s childhood home in a single roving take, the film is a bravura feat of choreography and music, staggeringly complex and almost unaccountably beautiful. Rhymes are matched to images with painstaking precision [..] It is, simply, an inestimable contribution to the cause of bliss at the movies. - VILLAGE VOICE

Read Ross' article on the programme here

Listen to Ross's commentary track here

Buy Jonnie Common's soundtrack here

WRITTEN AND PERFORMER BY
Ross Sutherland

DIRECTED BY
Charlie Lyne

PRODUCED BY
Catherine Bray and Anthony Ing

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Ryan Scafuro

COMPOSER
Jonnie Common

SUPPORTED BY
Arts Council England, Battersea Art Centre, BBC