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Confessions To The Mirror

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Synopsis

Taking its title from the French Surrealist artist, Claude Cahun’s (1894-1954) incomplete memoir 'Confidences au miroir', Sarah Pucill's film brings life to the photographic and written archive of Claude Cahun amidst a visual extravaganza of costumes and hand-made sets.
Following Cahun’s text, the film includes Cahun’s early and later life and work, including her political propaganda activity and imprisonment in Jersey with her partner Suzanne Malherbe during the Nazi occupation of the island. The tracing of a life is made conscious through the projection of images of the couples' home in Jersey into a domestic London setting.
As a sequel to director Sarah Pucill's previous film 'Magic Mirror' (2013), this film continues her experiment to bring cinematic life to the photographic and written archive of Claude Cahun. In this film Pucill animates re-stagings of Cahun’s black and white self-portrait and still–life photographs with voices from Cahun's text 'Confidences au miroir', collaging and transposing black and white stills and words, into colour and soundscape.
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2016 - Experimenta Strand - World premiere

Details

Year
2016
Type of film
Features
Running Time
68 mins
Format
16mm
Director
Sarah Pucill
Producer
Sarah Pucill
Editor
Sarah Pucill; Editing Consultant: Mairead McClean; Online Edit: Konrad Welz
Director of Photography
Sarah Pucill
Sound
Sound Design: Mairead McClean; Sound Mix and Re-recording: Konrad Welz
Principal Cast
Karen Leroy-Harris, Kate Hart, and the voices of Carolyn Saint-Pé, Louise Larchbourne, Lucy Briggs-Owen
Image Correction and Grade
Fraser Watson
Lighting and Second Camera
Fiona Teo Rui Wen, Joel Honeywell, Rina Yang
Costume
Jessica Cheetham
Make-Up
Jessica Cheetham, Katie Campbell
Funder
Arts Council of England
Financial Assistance
University of Westminster

Production Company

Sarah Pucill
+44 (0)7947 447320
spucill@gmail.com

Sales
Company

LUX (Artist distribution)
Waterlow Park Centre
Dartmouth Park Hill
London
N19 5JF
+44 (0)20 3141 2961
distribution@lux.org.uk
http://www.lux.org.uk