Plot (2001-6)

Super 8 Colour/B&W/Sound       4 mins 38 secs
English, French without subtitles.

Released on DVD 2008 with an interview in conversation with Anna Thew and Helen De Witt.

Plot dvd cover

Plot (2006) is shot on super8. The film took six years to make. Using the languages of her childhood (French) and adulthood (English) as she travelled back and forth to Switzerland where her mother lay seriously ill, the camera was used as a diary recording little snatches of daily life, moments insignificant in themselves and certainly inadequate to the task of telling the stories of those years or what came before. As such, Plot takes the form of a  ‘film fragment’ that eschews any straightforward narrative intention, causation or chronological structure. It relies instead on the material texture of the work to promote ‘the possibility of the emergence of memory through a visual and auditory sensation of speed and change’ (Susan Trangmar, ‘Frame Of Mind’, Next Level  Ed 2 Vol 4, 2005)

‘…it is not surprising that we end as we begin: in the “salle des pas perdus”, the concourse to a railway station. A past that is the beginning of a journey, at once, (literally) a “hall of footsteps that are lost” and, read differently, a hall of footsteps that are not.’ JD-B

Plot is included in the  British Artists Film and Video Study Collection based at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design

Screening History:

2017 Filmarmalade 10th Anniversary Screenings 2007-2017 Close-Up Film Centre, London
2016 Chronicle of a Sound:The Films of Julia Dogra-Brazell, Uplink Shibuya, Japan
2015  The Films of Julia Dogra-Brazell Experiments in Cinema Film Festival, USA
2008 Baltimore International Women’s Film Festival, USA
2008 Derek Jarman’s Film Poetry of the Small Medium Lives On Serpentine Gallery, London
2008 International Festival of Cinema and Technology North West Film Forum, USA
2005 Nothing to Declare British Council screening Ginza Art Laboratory, Tokyo
2005 Take 291 291 Gallery, London
2004 Filmart LUX London, Catalyst Arts Belfast.

SUSAN TRANGMAR ‘FRAME OF MIND’ Next Level (Ed 2 Vol 4) Oct 2005