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FATHER-LAND: FILM SYNOPSIS

A film investigating notions of home and (dis)placement in the divided island of Cyprus. Political and social histories, the legacies of colonialism, occupation, and the Cold War, resonate culturally and also biographically for the artists as both had childhood links with Cyprus through fathers stationed there with the Royal Air Force.

The voices of two unseen narrators, one male and one female, spoken by the artists, recall their militarised childhoods, exchanging memories of home and (dis)placement against a backdrop of views of the fractured city of Nicosia, Cyprus. Filmed and recorded in Nicosia, the only divided capital in Europe, inside the United Nations demilitarised Buffer Zone and close to its southern edge. The visible legacy of the violent conflict that tore the island in two over four decades ago contrasts with the beauty of the sky and the mountains beyond, and the birds and wildlife that thrive in this no man’s land.

FATHER-LAND: FILM CREDITS

Year of release: 2018
Original format: C4K
Running time: 20 minutes, with titles and credits
Screening format: single channel 2K or HD or DCP
Credits: A film by Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker
Cinematography: Stuart Moore
Editing: Stuart Moore
Producer: Kayla Parker
All filming and sound recorded on location in and around the UN-controlled Buffer Zone, Nicosia
Production: Sundog Media
Created through a University of Plymouth artist residency at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC, associated with the Pierides Foundation)
More details: http://www.kaylaparker.co.uk/films/father-land.html
Distribution and sales: Sundog Media sundogmedia@gmail.com
Thanks: Dr Yiannis Toumazis and the staff at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC), Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus; Professor Liz Wells and the research group for Land/Water and the Visual Arts, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, UK; Professor Andrew Spicer and the 3D3 Doctoral Training Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Major Robert Szacszon and the UNFICYP United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus; Nicos Philippou, University of Nicosia; Jill Bright and Louise Schumann.

FATHER-LAND: EXHIBITION

Layers of Visibility, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 2013-2017; curated by Liz Wells and Yiannis Toumazis; Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC, associated with the Pierides Foundation), Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus (19 October 2018 to 12 January 2019, premiere, large-scale gallery projection with stereo sound).

STUART MOORE: BIOGRAPHY

Stuart Moore is a film-maker and sound artist based in Plymouth. Stuart’s work screens internationally and he has won awards from London Short Film Festival and two South West Media Innovation Awards. He is currently a 3D3 AHRC-funded doctoral researcher at Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE, whose PhD inquiry focuses on personal archives, film and memory.

KAYLA PARKER: BIOGRAPHY

Dr Kayla Parker is an artist film-maker who creates innovative works for cinema, gallery, public and online spaces using film-based and digital technologies. Her research interests centre around subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with a particular interest in the interrelationship between still and moving image, and new materialism. Kayla is a Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of Plymouth.

STUART MOORE: FILMOGRAPHY selected

2018 Zinn 16mm film; commissioned by Mayes Creative for the Deep Space project, Cornwall
2016 31 Days 8mm film; Supernormal, and London Short Film Festival 2017 (forthcoming)
2016 Womad 8mm film with sound from contemporaneous VHS video; Arnolfini, and Plymouth Art Weekender
2014 Maelstrom: The Return* 8mm and HD film commissioned by Centre for Moving Image Research, University of the West of England, and Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; funded by a CMIR-RWA Moving Image Art Award
2014-15 Reach* 16mm film (360 installation, and single screen work) commissioned by the River Tamar Project for It’s All About the River film festival
2014 Heaven is a Place HD film (cinematographer, and post-production); for the EU-wide Heaven on Earth? Project, inspired by the writings of Jean Genet; Audience Award, Cornwall Film Festival 2015
2012 Yessling Super 8mm film; One Minute volume 6 touring programme
2011 Cinematic City HD film, commissioned by Plymouth Arts Centre for the Cinema City Artist’s Moving Image Award; funded by the Arts Council and the Film Council
2011 Flora* 35mm film, direct animation; One Minute volume 5 touring programme
2010 Nectar* 360 film with surroundsound, commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
2010 Verge 360* 360 film digital re-master of dual-screen Super 16mm animation Verge stepped clockwise through 5 projections, with surroundsound; London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
2009 Sea Front Super 8mm film; winner of the 2010 London Short Film Festival Trick of the Light Award, and the Media Innovation Award for Best Independent Film 2010
2009 Teign Spirit* HD film; an Animate Projects commission for the Sea Change initiative of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
2005 Verge* Super 16mm film (diptych), installation [from x 2 DVDs]; commissioned by Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall
2001 Blue Kayak digital animation; commissioned by Aune Head Arts for Dartmoor Lives and Landscapes
2000 Shop Around the Clock* BetaSP and Super 8mm film, a TX2000 commission for Westcountry Television and South West Media Development Agency
1997 Project* DV film (Super 8mm and BetaSP), commissioned by the London Film Makers' Co-op for the Lux Centre launch, funded by the National Lottery; One Minute volume 7 touring programme

KAYLA PARKER: FILMOGRAPHY selected

2017 Measure 16mm film loop; direct animation (silent)
2017 On Location HD film with sound
2014 Maelstrom: The Return* 8mm and HD film commissioned by Centre for Moving Image Research, University of the West of England, and Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; funded by a CMIR-RWA Moving Image Art Award; One Minute volume 9 touring programme
2014-15 Reach* 16mm film (360 installation, and single screen work) commissioned by the River Tamar Project for It’s All About the River film festival
2014 Heaven is a Place HD film (director, screenwriter and producer); for the EU-wide Heaven on Earth? Project, inspired by the writings of Jean Genet; Audience Award, Cornwall Film Festival 2015
2011 Flora* 35mm direct animation film with sound; One Minute volume 5 touring programme
2010 Nectar* 360 film with surroundsound, commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
2010 Glass digital stop-motion animation with sound
2010 Verge 360* 360 film digital re-master of dual-screen Super 16mm animation Verge stepped clockwise through 5 projections, with surroundsound; London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
2009 Teign Spirit* HD film; an Animate Projects commission for the Sea Change initiative of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
2009 White Body digital stop-motion animation with sound
2005 Verge* Super 16mm film (diptych), installation [from x 2 DVDs]; commissioned by Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall
2001 Physic digital animation; commissioned by Aune Head Arts for Dartmoor Lives and Landscapes
2001 Inner City digital film with sound; a Year of the Artist commission, South West Arts; and South West Media Development Agency
2000 Walking Out 16mm with sound; funded by the Arts Council of England, Artists’ Film and Video Production Award; and the South West Arts Film and Video Production Award
2000 Shop Around the Clock* BetaSP and Super 8mm film, a TX2000 commission for Westcountry Television and South West Media Development Agency
1997 Project* DV film (Super 8mm and BetaSP), commissioned by the London Film Makers’ Co-op for the Lux Centre launch, funded by the National Lottery; One Minute volume 7 touring programme
1996 Sunset Strip 35mm direct animation film with sound; an Arts Council of England and Channel Four Animate Award commission

*collaborative moving image artworks made by Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker