We are delighted to announce Scottish Documentary Institute have teamed up with Hakawati to present this masterclass with filmmaker and artist Steven Eastwood.
Steven Eastwood’s two features Island (LFF,Rotterdam 2017/2018) and Buried Land (Tribeca, Moscow and Mumbai Film Festivals in 2010) have screened internationally, and Those who are Jesus was nominated for a Grierson Award back in 2001. Eastwood’s most recent solo show The Interval and The Instant exhibited at Fabrica Brighton, and he has published widely. Eastwood is Professor in Film Practice at Queen Mary University London, where he convenes the Masters programme in Documentary Film.
Across the water on the island, four individuals experience the year in which their lives will end. Illnesses progresses, relationships gently shift, and we are witness to rarely seen and intensely private moments. One person shares their acceptance of death, whilst another is surrounded by a community in shock. We observe bedside care and the rhythm of breathing. In a pathology lab, microscopic biopsies in close-up show the interior of bodies, our biology. Filmed over 12 months on the Isle of Wight, Island is a life-affirming reflection on the phenomena of dying, portraying the transition away from personhood and observing the last days and hours of life at the moment of death. Like the ferries cynically arriving and departing in this enigmatic landscape, the film appears the buoyant, afloat. Death is shown to be natural and everyday but also unspeakable and strange.
Steven will talk about the question of ethics when dealing with sensitive material and vulnerable people.
With introduction from SDI co-director and producer Sonja Henrici.
This Masterclass will be followed by a screening of Island at the Cameo
Monday 26th November, 18:30pm
Cameo Edinburgh, 38 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9LZ
Buy tickets for the screening here