Work / Film

Filmmaker Alice Dunseath presents a meditative reflection on life

If you remember Hunting for Hockney, a gentle, reflective ode to grief and to the Yorkshire moors created by Alice Dunseath a while back, I’d put money on you being equally enamoured by the newest piece to emerge from her audiovisually inclined brain. Entitled You Could Sunbathe in This Storm, the film is a mixed media animation “where space, forms, colours and sounds symbolise a recognisable world,” she says. “New beginnings put an end to familiar patterns and the viewer is left to wonder whether they shape as much as they are shaped.” As a gently rustling soundtrack lulls you into a sense of security, and a man’s timeworn voice reads out a section of The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water by W.B. Yeats, you find yourself slowly slipping into an endlessly tactile, subtly meditative alternative reality. Unsurprisingly, it’s been doing the rounds at film festivals and gallery screenings this summer – I can only imagine what it looks like projected to the size of a small house and watched in a dark room with the volume turned right up.

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Alice Dunseath: You Could Sunbathe in this Storm (still)

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Alice Dunseath: You Could Sunbathe in this Storm (still)

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Alice Dunseath: You Could Sunbathe in this Storm (still)