Talent Showcase 2007
  • Scheme: LAFVA
  • People: Saskia Olde Wolbers
  • Duration: 18'

Deadline Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2007
  • Year of release: 2007
  • Shooting format: Mini DV


  • Artist: Saskia Olde Wolbers

The voice of a Gambian woman, Salingding, tells the remarkable story of her family history and her sixteen-month journey across 3000 miles of West Africa.

The narrative of 'Deadline' is neither wholly based on fact nor purely imagined, an amalgamation of stories from several different individuals living in a Gambian fishing village; a mixture of local folklore and actual histories.

The imagery itself alludes to various aspects of the monologue and is imbued with a kind of hypnotic quality through the use of slow, but often very extended, camera movements. Multi coloured snake-like bodies move slowly across the screen and a glass rabbit drops blood, upwards, from its head.

Producer: Saskia Olde Wolbers
Camera: Saskia Olde Wolbers
Editor: Saskia Olde Wolbers
Composer: Daniel Pemberton
Sound Design: Saskia Olde Wolbers, Daniel Pemberton, John Wynne
Voiceover: Kiza Deen

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Artist's Website

Saskia Olde Wolbers, Deadline (2007), film still. Courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley, London

Saskia Olde Wolbers, Deadline (2007), installation view at Maureen Paley, London. Courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley, London

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