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Hotel Diaries 1-8 (Complete Series)

John Smith

UK, 2007
83 minutes, Colour, sound, 4:3
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Hotel Diaries consists of a series of video recordings made in the world’s hotel rooms over a period of six years, all of which relate personal experiences to the current conflicts in the Middle East. In these works, which play upon chance and co-incidence, the hotel room is employed as a ‘found’ film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which the filmmaker’s small adventures are linked to major world events. Works in the series include Frozen War (Ireland, 2001), Museum Piece (Germany, 2004), Throwing Stones (Switzerland, 2004), B & B (England, 2005), Pyramids/Skunk (The Netherlands 2006/7), Dirty Pictures (Palestine 2007) and Six Years Later (Ireland 2007).

“…These deceptively unassuming works consist of single takes from the point of view of Smith’s camcorder as he explores the nocturnal spaces of hotels he is staying in and delivers monologues on his thoughts and observations. At once politically concerned and very funny, these brilliantly structured ramblings connect the observations of his surroundings with the horror of world events in consistently surprising ways.” Maximilian Le Cain, Film Ireland Magazine.

Hotel Diaries can be screened either as a compilation tape or as individual parts (with the exception of Six Years Later, which is only available as part of the compilation).