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The Garden City Collection and local library were my primary resources in developing this short film project, alongside personal geographical experience and other contemporary references. This research allowed me to explore and create a work based upon the notions of the ‘crank’ or outsider in early Letchworth. The film was built around a fluctuating timeline where past and present merge within approximately a 100 year period (1916-2016).
Inspired by early residents, the film is intended to symbolise the decline of one lifestyle (idealist and simple life) in favour of the practical vision of the Company that first developed Letchworth by using images and footage to trace the route of the Pix Brook that runs through the town. The film also explores certain eccentricities displayed by these early residents, as well as more contemporary notions of tracking and surveillance.
Collaborators: James Pearce and Louise Lahive (actors)