WATER CITY IPSWICH
This film is the 6th film in the series: Men and Women in Water Cities, which are social practice film/video works about cultural resiliency in climate change for those in coastal communities. This film is made with students and faculty from the University of Suffolk in the UK in 2018.
Kim Anno, writer, director, and producer challenged the young people to play a cricket match in the muddy bottom of Nacton shores. The beloved tradition of Cricket remains alive and well in the culture of the UK, and in Suffolk county, whereas they are losing significant land masses due to the rise of the seas as the polar ice caps melt. While in production, four houses fell off their foundations and smashed into coastal waters. The University of Suffolk commissioned me to come and make a film that would tease out the cultural adaptation issues for the citizenry of this province.
As the young are the inheritors of the problem of adaptation to the new world, and I have found that many want to have something to hope for. They cringe when I begin to paint a darker picture of the future. They want culture, intellectual life, and leisure time as their parents enjoyed. I understand this hunger, and I make it a point to expand the films into the local pass-time interests, including sports, music, dance, as well as familiar iconic texts become tools of cultural resiliency and are useful as scripts for the films.
The Seasick seagulls provide the score, locally produced by Joe Crawley, and a solo song by Ally Seabrook. Ally is the wife of Robert Priseman, artist and curator of the area. His work can be seen on Contemporary British Painters' website that he founded. The romance of the past, with the anxiety of the present lathers the cricket ball game, culminating in the horse and rider who are harbingers to the future. Images of Joy, discomfort, and facing each other for reflection and solace paint a layered picture of the UK coast.