River Yar (with William Raban)

Year : 1971-72

Running Time : 35m colour 16mm on two screens

Sound : Yes

Shot through an upstairs window in a water mill on the Isle of Wight, overlooking a tidal estuary. A camera recorded one frame every minute (day and night) for two separate three-week periods in autumn and spring. The film is shown on two adjacent screens, each having a soundtrack that was recorded on a sampling basis.

“River Yar is one of the richest and most beautiful films to have been made by a British film-maker.” (John Du Cane)

“River Yar (1972) is a classic of English avant-garde landscape in its merging of process and Romanticist imagery.” (Mike O. Pray)