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The Man Phoning Mum

John Smith

UK, 2011
12 minutes, 35 seconds, B&W/colour, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: HD video
Available formats: BluRay / HD Digital file

Over the years my 1976 film The Girl Chewing Gum has gradually acquired an extra layer of meaning – a work that originally documented the present day looks now, especially to the young, like an archaic record of a long-lost world. Acknowledging this transition, The Man Phoning Mum combines the original film with contemporary footage shot in the same locations, enabling chance encounters between the passers-by of 1976 and their present-day counterparts.

The Man Phoning Mum is also available in combination with The Girl Chewing Gum as a single digital file or Bluray which alternates between the two works for looped gallery installation.