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Available Light

William Raban

UK, 2016
9 minutes, 21 seconds
Available formats: HD Video / BluRay / DCP

The complexity of the screen experience belies the apparent simplicity of the time-lapse compression of an 858 page classic text into just 9 minutes duration. The book could only be read/filmed during the hours of sufficient winter daylight. Some pages took longer than others to read and throughout the hours of filming regular breaks had to be taken because the studio was exceptionally cold. In these ways, the filmmaker’s agency impinged on an otherwise controlled mechanical system. David Cunningham’s minimalist soundtrack treads a similar fine line between simplicity and complexity to offset and complement the picture.