Ben Rivers Selects…
SLOW ACTION + AH, LIBERTY!
Wed 15 Oct
Dir: Ben Rivers. UK 2010. 40mins
A post-apocalyptic Science Fiction film which exists somewhere between documentary, ethnographic study and fiction. SLOW ACTION applies the idea of island biogeography – the study of how species and eco-systems evolve differently when isolated and surrounded by unsuitable habitat – to a conception of the Earth in a few hundred years. (Filmed at different sites across the globe including Lanzarote -a beautiful island full of dead volcanoes and strange architecture – a deserted city off the coast of Japan and Tuvalu, one of the smallest countries in the world, with tiny strips of land barely above sea level in the middle of the Pacific).
Dir: Ben Rivers. UK 2008. 20mins
A family’s place in the wilderness, outside of time; free-range animals and children, junk and nature, all within the most sublime landscape. It feels as if they could be the only survivors of some kind of apocalypse as the film is undercut with a sense of foreboding.
Presented by CINECITY and Film Hub South East in association with Folkestone Triennial 2014 as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder