Memories for a Private Eye is the first chapter in a trilogy which investigates the filmmaker's personal archive. Evoking the language of film noir, it foregrounds a fictional detective to help unfold deep and traumatic memories.
The film spirals around a lost image: the only moving image of the filmmaker's dead mother. How is absence lived? What remains of war, death and love with the passing of time? These are the questions that are delicately displayed for contemplation.
Weaving together images from different sources - private archive, cinema, television, YouTube - while investigating the past, the film unfolds into a labyrinthine maze to create a blueprint of witnessing and remembrance.
Screens in the programme Berwick New Cinema Competition: Red.
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