No Place

Talent Showcase 2004
  • Scheme: 2005
  • People: Sarah Miles
  • Duration: 20' / 12'

No Place Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2004
  • Year of release: 2004
  • Shooting format: 16mm/DV

Credits

  • Artist: Sarah Miles
No Place comprises two parts: 'No Place (Looking forward)'; and 'No Place (Looking back)'. The films were initially shown as two different companion installations, in two separate but related locations - King's Lynn in Norfolk and King's Cross in London.

King's Lynn and King's Cross stand at either end of the railway line into and out of London and, provide archetypal representations of the 'country' and the 'city.' 'No Place (Looking back)', set in King's Cross, represents the point of view of a woman (Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz grown up into Judy from Hitchcock's classic Vertigo...) looking back, from the apparent sanctuary of a church.Contrasting her memories of countryside with a loss of innocence and of childhood illusions we follow her arrival in the Emerald City. No Place (Looking forward), set in King's Lynn reflects the point of view of a young girl growing up in the countryside reminiscent of the hillbilly flatlands of Kanzas. She seeks refuge in the cinema and dreams of one day moving to the city.

'An elusive collage of real and fictional characters who all live in a kind of temporary limbo a long way from home but still looking for a sense of belonging.'

'No Place (Looking Forward)' set in Kings Lynn reflects the point of view of a young girl watching The Wizard of Oz in a movie theatre. The fenlands surrounding Kings Lynn are reminiscent of the hillbilly flatlands of Kansas and the magic of childhood and cinema are conflated.

Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella in association with King’s Lynn Arts Centre. Funded by Arts Council England with the support of Film London. Supported by The Regional Arts Lottery Fund of Arts Council England East and Arts Council England Grants for National Touring. With additional support from Camden Council.

Distribution: LUX

No Place (King's Cross)
Cast
The Spirit of Dorothy / Judy Barton (in green): Anne Larsson
Judy Barton (in violet) / Ruby Showgirl (witch): Kirstie Richardson
Madeleine: Sarah Miles
Orphan Girl/Witch: Poppy Chancellor
Good Witch: Janet Donegan
Vera (witch) / Holly Golightly: Natalie Press
Sadako Yamamura (witch) / Mrs. Miller (witch) / Nana (witch): Natsume Shiroyama
Dorothy / Good Witch: Tara Scott
Tin Man: Max Emblem
The Lion: Craig Hamilton
The Scarecrow: James Caddick
Mrs. Gulch (witch): Katie Jungmann
Det. John 'Scottie' Ferguson: David Proud
Man peering from behind James Dean: Sam Cox

Crew
Director of Photography: Nick Gordon Smith
Editors: Diarmid Scrimshaw, Sarah Miles, Lotta Petronella
Online Editor: Sue Giovanni
Sound Design: Mikkel Eriksen
Stills Photographer: Ed Miles
Writer and Director: Sarah Miles
Assistant to the Director:Lotta Petronella

No Place (King's Lynn)
Cast
Dorothys: Running: Amy Power
Singing: Helen Petty
At Cat Sanctuary: Faye Castleton
In Poppies: Jade Bishopp
On Railings: Jessica Pask
With Toto: Katie Naylor
At Bus-stop: Sophie Dent
Tap-dancing: Emily Hinks
Fortune Teller: Lisa Smollen
Witches: Jessica Pask, Rebecca Curston
Wizard: Brendan Cossey
Cinema Audience: Brioni Boykew, Finn Boykew, Sam Boykew, Raymond Curston, Rebecca Curston, Carol Dent, Sophie Dent, Emily Hinks, Katie Naylor, Gemma Pask, Jessica Pask, Patricia Petty, Helen Petty

Crew
Director of Photography: Nick Gordon Smith
Editors: Sarah Miles, Lotta Petronella, Diarmid Scrimshaw
Online Editor: Sue Giovanni
Sound Design: Mikkel Eriksen
Stills Photographer: John Miles
Writer and Director: Sarah Miles
Assistant to the Director: Lotta Petronella