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The Mirroring Cure

Charlotte Ginsborg

UK, 2006
28 minutes
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Tracing the life of a large construction site from demolition to the completion of new office space, The Mirroring Cure focuses on the company secretary who decides to interview those employed around her. She wants to understand their relationship to work, their hopes, fears and anxieties. We witness her fascination with the Design Manager whom she discovers suffers from a loss of balance exacerbated by the large scale of the site. She becomes intrigued by the bizarre and surreal solution he develops to cope with his affliction, his ‘mirroring cure’. Appearing initially as a documentary detailing the complexity of personal identities formed through being ‘at work’, as well as the effects of architecture on behaviour, the film begins to incorporate fictional elements leaving the viewer unsure as to where reality lies. To what extent the characters are acting remains ambiguous. Shot on 16mm over a two year period the film forms an intimate portrait of five working lives set against the visually arresting and constantly shifting architecture of the building development. CG