Ijen / London

Country: UK
Duration: 6 mins
|42 Seconds
Sound: Mono
Ratio: 16:9
Available Format/s: HD Digital File
Original Format: Super-16mm Film
  • Documentary
  • Landscape
  • Literature
  • London
  • Nature
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction


A short film made in preparation for a longer one called After London, where a young woman goes on a quest to find the mythical city of London. On her journey she comes to a vast toxic swamp, spewing smoke and chemical waste, sulphurous flames emerging from the dead land. Looking for inspiration I researched toxic landscapes and found Ijen volcano, East Java. I went down into the crater and filmed the sulphur mine, where a few people work in very difficult conditions to collect sulphur for various uses. This is test footage which became a film, with the poem ‘The Autumn of the World’ by Herbert Read.

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