Cinecity 15th Brighton Film Festival

10 - 26 November

Nick Collins pic of washing line

18 Nov 2:00 pm: Nick Collins

Director: Nick Collins

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Shot in numerous locations spanning Cornwall, Orkney, London and Sussex, in the UK, to the Cévennes region in France and various sites in Greece, Nick Collins’ films – usually made on 16mm film – explore landscapes, human presence and absence and the passage of time. The evidence that we’re shown of the civic and sacred functions of these different sites, across time, is matched by the filmmaker’s lyrical observations of fleeting moments and the associative links he makes between striking images.

An underlying metaphor in the films concerns the openings, entrances, and foundations that are animated by light. Collins is a master of cinematography working with minimal means.

“Nick Collins has quietly built a body of work by slow and patient steps that tested the scope and focus of his art. In some respects this echoes the character of the films themselves, which are on the cusp between personal lyric, with its implication of subjectivity, and direct observation, with its camera-eye objectivism. They enact a kind of absorption in seeing, but always in relation to particular sites and events, such as water, sky, gardens, natural landscape and the traces of human habitation.” – A. L. Rees

A programme including his most recent works will be followed by a Q&A.

Produced in: UK

Running time: 90 mins

Certificate: TBC

Please note, if no film certificate or TBC is listed, we can only admit patrons aged 18 and over, as these films have not yet been certified by the British Board of Film Classification.

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