The Black River of Herself

2020
Country: UK
Duration: 26 mins
|43 Seconds
Colour,
Sound: Stereo
Ratio: 16:9
Available Format/s: DCP / HD Video: ProRes Digital File / HD Video: H.264 Digital File
Original Format: 8K Video

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The Black River of Herself by Patrick Hough brings to life a fictional Irish Bog Body – an ancient corpse naturally preserved over thousands of years in Ireland’s peat bog lands. Invariably discovered through the process of industrial peat extraction, these bodies become an evocative lens through which to explore our current era of human-induced planetary change.With a script by novelist Daisy Hildyard, the film traverses 300 million years of history across its three sequences, during which the revenant figure of The Bog Body returns to the surface of a world on the brink of ecological collapse. Brought to life through an innovative mix of practical puppetry effects and animatronics, The Bog Body urges its human discoverer to open their eyes; to learn from the many worlds that have gone before or face inevitable extinction.The Black River of Herself was created in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella. Produced by Tracy Bass. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland and Arts Council England.

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