Making Yourself At Home

1981
Country: UK
Duration: 35 mins
Colour: Colour
Available Format/s: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file
Original Format: SUPER 8
Themes: 
  • Desire

This stylized evocation of post-punk Britain in the early years of the Thatcher government is part autobiographical memoir and part scripted allegory.
From the anticlimactic opening sequence to its bleak ‘drinks party’ finale, the film is a depiction of alienation, repressed desire and lives reduced to a mundane routine of meaningless daily tasks.

Originally made on super-8 (including some standard 8 footage shot whilst still at school), Making Yourself At Home is a mix of ‘artist’s statement’ and ‘narrative experiment’ whose themes would be further developed in many of Bourn’s later works.

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More works by Ian Bourn

UK
, 1978
45 Minutes

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