In a cottage in northern Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled bits of feather, fur, silver and gold into elaborate fishing flies - at once miniature works of art and absolutely lethal. Wherever men and women cast their lines for the mighty Atlantic salmon, her name is whispered in mythic reverence, and stories about her surface and swirl like fairy tales.
With breathtaking cinematography and expressive, hand-painted animation, this film both adheres to and escapes from traditional documentary form, spinning the facts and fictions of one woman's life into a stunning meditation on solitude, love, and its illusions.
Preceded by an introduction from Em Cooper, and followed by Q&A with Em in the Stage Door Bar.
Presented by Berwick Film Society.
Em Cooper is a British director and animator specializing in combining oil-painted animation with live-action film.
Em’s interest in communicating subjective experience informs her distinctive method of filmmaking. Her technique of combining painted animation with live-action film is often described as evocative of inner experience, and can be used to express thought or memory sequences within her films. Em’s animated work is entirely hand painted using oil-paint on glass.
Em’s films have been screened internationally, including at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Her recent work on the forthcoming BBC Films feature documentary Kiss The Water (dir. Eric Steel) premiered at at Tribeca and Edinburgh Film Festivals, and will be on BBC television later this year. Em’s films have also been exhibited at Turner Contemporary, Margate, and been shown and discussed at the Freud Museum, London. Em has been invited to present her work at international psychoanalytic conferences including the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival in London and the International Ferenczi Conference in Budapest.
Em is a 2013 YCN Professional Award Winner for Animation. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and her film Confusion of Tongues was shortlisted for the 2012 British Animation Awards, Best Student Film. Prior to her MA, Em worked as an Editor and Associate Producer at Current TV, UK, after graduating with a first class BA in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University.
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