Synopsis: Prime Time follows a group of older gay men as they journey on a cruise ship around the Caribbean. Members of a social network of so-called ‘Prime Timers’, they regularly get together on excursions of this type, to renew acquaintances, re-affirm the bonds of belonging to a supportive community, and rekindle a little itch of adventure. As the pleasure boat cruises from port to port, the un-vanishing line of the horizon doubles as a metaphor for the never-ending churn of desire (always re-forming, always out of reach), while the vessel itself, with its cargo of temporary travellers, reminds us how random connections bring people closer, or keep them apart. Deftly captured by Crosse’s oblique yet tender eye, the film is an affectionate study of human hopes and relationships, and a resonant meditation on how we both measure and deny the passing of time. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, with Grundy Art Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England.
Biography: Rob Crosse completed his MFA in Fine Arts at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2012 and BA in Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth. Recent solo exhibitions include Prime Time (2017) Grundy, Blackpool, UK and Clear as a bell (2016), Kingsgate Projects, London, UK. His films have been screened as part of numerous gallery programmes including Transactions of desire at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Slant : for the unsettling at Jerwood Space London, These Rotten Words at Chapter House, Cardiff, and Artist Film Weekender 2016 at HOME, Manchester.