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Throwing Stones

John Smith

UK, 2004
11 minutes, Colour, sound, 4:3
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Made in Switzerland, November 13th 2004.

As the camera looks out through a barred window and the clock strikes four in a Swiss city, the death of Yasser Arafat provides the starting point for a journey back in time.

Throwing Stones is the third video in the “Hotel Diaries” series, a collection of late night recordings made in European hotel rooms which relate personal experiences to contemporary world events. Works in the series currently include Frozen War (Ireland, 2001), Museum Piece (Germany, 2004), Throwing Stones (Switzerland, 2004), B & B (England, 2005) and Pyramids (Netherlands 2006). They can be shown individually or as a chronological group.

“…These deceptively unassuming works consist of single takes from the point of view of Smiths camcorder as he explores the nocturnal spaces of hotels he is staying in and delivers monologues on his thoughts and observations. At once politically concerned and very funny, these brilliantly structured ramblings connect the observations of his surroundings with the horror of world events in consistently surprising ways.” Maximilian Le Cain, Film Ireland Magazine

“… Throwing Stones is the third of his hotel room films. Through seemingly free, but in fact highly structured associations he guides the spectator (and in his case also listener) back to other hotel rooms and historical events. Bed, mirror, desk, the picture on the wall – thats all he needs to reflect in a both personal and analytic way on the world post 9/11.” Dana Linssen , FIPRESCI Report, Oberhausen Short Film Festival 2005