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Decline, Decay, and Death By The Sea: A Documentary. Part One: INTERVIEWS 3 Film pieces; 15-30 mins each
'Decline, Decay, and Death By The Sea: A Documentary. Part One: INTERVIEWS' is a series of films and photography conducted September 2019. The intention of this series is to platform the voices of my home community Furness and to raise awareness surround rural poverty. Growing up in Furness, a rural, industrial, impoverished yet beautiful north western coastal area, compared to Reading and London, taught me about regional differences in access, opportunity, and deprivation.
I feel compelled to produce work that can inform and educate people on rurality, and industrial poverty. In order to do so, I have informed my work with official reports on the main socio-economic issues, including ever worsening drug deaths and male suicide rates, and the UN report on UK austerity. "Poverty is a political Choice that the UK government has inflicted on its citizens"
I have interviewed community member in the generations above mine as they have witnessed the transformation of the space. Hearing their voice, I compare it to my own experience. I considered who I am interviewing, and the space in which I interview them. Each interview is therefore conducted in the environment that best embodies them. The wider framing of the interviews allows the subject to be truly immersed within their own space: This is reflected in the colours of their skin, clothing, the lighting, and the surrounding objects. The interviews are presented as individual pieces but act as a series. Each interview is individually uploaded to YouTube. I maintained communication throughout each interview regarding consent and privacy. 'Decline, Decay and Death by the Sea: A documentary' can be compared to Andrew Douglas's 'Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus'. The film explores marginalized, rural communities across the bible belt in the USA. My experience of the film is that of nostalgia and familiarity, yet many of my peers are shocked that such places exist in the USA and UK. This difference in experience amplifies the dismission of isolated community voices, and the lack of awareness surrounding the intricate consequences of austerity. I am using a variety of medias to allow diversity in experience to be expressed beyond an obvious narration of statistics and facts. Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus' also captivatingly integrates documentary, interview, music, poetry, and performance. 'CARL'
'CARL' Carl is the first person I interviewed. Carl is apart of the evolution of the Furness area from the 1950's onwards. He has worked in the main industries that have shaped the local communities social attitudes and economy. Carl has first hand experience with depression, bi-polar disorder, and suicide. Carl is very honest and brave in his vulnerability to discuss these experiences with me and all them to be shared through my work. To me Carl is a depiction of the average working man in Furness: rough hands, vulnerable, struggles with mental health, has worked in industry, There is a 3rd person in the film who wanted to remain anonymous as they didn't want to put their job at risk. For this reason they are edited out except certain areas they wished to remain in. The technical set up is very makeshift. There isn't much space to set up the camera, so I am in frame at times however I reduced this in the final edits. I want Carl to be in centre frame, with the shots really embodying Carl within his environment. The warmth of Carls skin reflecting in the deep golden hue of his beer, his leather seat, and the sunset. The sound had to be re-edited to reduce the background noise. I have improved these technical features ready for the following interviews.
Jamie's conversation takes place in his garage where he works on motorbikes and airbrushing. The blues and soft yellows is the main colour story. 'JANET'
Janet's interview takes place in her own living room between her watching 'Downton Abby.' Janet's perspective is important to me: She speaks about womanhood, and raising children as a single mother, in an area that has little support for such circumstances. Many topics were difficult for Janet, so we re-directed centre themes to be about nature, and her space. The beauty of the local area, Janet's garden, her dreams. Her colour story is baby blues, soft pinks, and lilac greys.