Talent Showcase 2008
  • Scheme: LAFVA
  • People: Sarah Dobai
  • Duration: 7'30"

Nettlecombe Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2006
  • Year of release: 2008
  • Shooting format: 16mm


  • Artist: Sarah Dobai

This fixed-frame work depicts a landscaped garden whose stillness is broken by the wind that plays across it. As the work itself reveals, the wind in Nettlecombe is achieved thorough an orchestrated performance of wind machines and ropes in which the trees and bushes in the garden are animated like puppets within a constructed set.

In creating and then undoing an illusion of the wind as a natural phenomenon this new film shares common ground with the aims of Structural film-makers of the 1970's. 'Nettlecombe' questions whether you have to suspend your disbelief to become involved in the psychologically and dramatically charged qualities of this landscape.

Man and dog: Alex Evans and Bessy

Producer: Sarah Dobai / Ioanna Karavela
Camera: Belinda Parsons
Editor: Kathy Kenny
Composer: N/A
Sound Design: Gareth Jones

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