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Short Film Series 1975 – 2014

Guy Sherwin

LUX, London / 2014

DVD 5, PAL, Region 0, 98 mins, 4:3

Available for the first time on DVD, Guy Sherwin’s acclaimed Short Film Series, a unique collection of interconnected 16mm 3 minute films started in 1975. The series is held together by certain formal considerations: each film is three minutes long, i.e. the length of a roll of 16mm film, all films are b/w and silent, and the order in which they are shown is flexible. Apart from this there is a range of imagery from portraiture to still life to travel. The films operate on the border between movement and stillness, revealing their inner logic through an active engagement in looking.

‘100’ reels of epiphanies, time-lapse studies, ordinary objects and scenes rendered strange and ambiguous.’ Michael O’Pray

‘Sherwin’s hallmark is the direct concentrated image which fully exploits the tonal range of black and white stock. This control is not at all rigid, since its purpose is to capture in the shot a certain kind of freedom and chance in the visible world.’ A.L.Rees

‘The uniform duration of the films, the overriding concern with light, time and corporeality, the relentless three-minute focus on a single subject or event, are common to all the films and provide a powerful cumulative effect for the viewer. But on a deeper level, what binds these films together and gives them their enduring fascination is the deeply human connection which Sherwin makes between his formal filmmaking concerns and the subjects of his films. These films are all about relationships – between light and darkness, light and camera, camera and subject, subject and filmmaker and viewer, all at once and played out not only on the screen but also in the mysterious conjunction between the projected film and the viewer.’ Andy Ditzler

Download film notes for the DVD here


Metronome, 1978

Chimney, 1977

Columns, 1977

Cycle, 1978

Yi Wei, 2011

Mei, 2010

Guy & Kai, 2013

Candle & Clock, 1977

Blink, 1977

Window/Light, 2013

Tree Reflection, 1997/8

Cat, 1997/8

Treeline, 1976

Maya, 1978

Window, 1976

Breathing, 1978

Light Leaves, 1978

Eye, 1978

Swimming, 1977

Clouds & Wires, 1997/8

Tree & Cloud, 1997/8

Coots, 1997/8

Cat on TV, 1977

Handcrank Clock, 1976

Gnats, 1997/8

Night Train, 1978

Tap, 1978

Track, 1976

Hand/ Shutter, 1976

Clock & Train, 1978

Portrait with Parents,1975

Barn, 1978

Wind & Water, 1980

Piano, 2013

Published by LUX with the support of the University of Wolverhampton and Middlesex University

A recent review can be read here:  http://www.timcawkwell.co.uk/guy-sherwin-film-series