If you didn’t spend your Monday night in a steamy basement in Deptford full of women, what on earth were you doing?
Personally, we were at WOMEN IN REVOLT – AN INTIMACY: the fourth instalment in SOT’s bi-monthly female-focused night of short films. All 6 directors were women, a large proportion of the audience were women, and consequently you couldn’t help but feel in the midst of a celebration of the female sex.
Deptford Cinema is very much still in-the-making and getting more and more solid with every voluntary lick of paint and nailed-together piece of plywood. If you want to help with the ongoing build of the only cinema currently in the borough of Lewisham, get yourself down to one of their weekly public meetings on Sunday at 4pm on Deptford Broadway. In an ‘up and coming’ area being slowly taken over by trendy developments that are not accordingly priced for the majority of the local residents and therefore clearly not interested in local community inclusion (see The Jobcentre: “ironic” restaurant/bar named after the previous building they took over when the local campaign to keep the centre open failed), Deptford Cinema appears as a modest standalone that doesn’t practice this perverse culture we increasingly have in the capital of flaunting economic inequality. This is a place living on the spirit of community and love of film – support it.
Across the board, particular to all the uniquely voiced films that were shown @ AN INTIMACY, the quality of the cinematography was sensitive and gorgeous. Nathalie Biancheri’s poetic interpretation of her father’s short story THE CROSSING lets the rhythm of the sea lap the surface of the aesthetic to create a washed-out painting depicting one girl’s struggle to find her voice and purpose.
Our pick of the eve, SHADES OF LIVING by Aurora Fearnley, created a divide in the audience as to the meaning of the story (which follows a couple and their little boy clearly battling against an unspoken shadow imposing on their lives). The film explores the nature of intimacy and how it is effected by memories that can’t be put to bed, but does so through the evocations created by textures both indoor and outdoor, from the surrounding majestic forest to the household comfort of a blanket. The linking of textures and emotions was so strong that it reminded me of the Simon Armitage poem ‘Homecoming’ – poetic filmmaking indeed!
These ribs are pleats or seams. These arms are sleeves.
These fingertips are buttons, or these hands can fold
into a clasp, or else these fingers make a zip
or buckle, you say which. Step backwards into it
and try the same canary-yellow cotton jacket, there,
like this, for size again. It still fits.
-Simon Armitage, ‘Homecoming.’
The WOMEN IN REVOLT recurrent has created a space that allows the energy, excitement and confidence of these groups of female filmmakers to flourish. On Monday evening the questions flowed and the answers were passionate: it felt inspiring to see and hear these women connecting and their voices consistently centre-stage. One day we won’t need a space like this, but whilst we do, we can thank our favourite short-suppliers for designating one for us.
All Shorts On Tap photos by Luigi Cianfarano