Ben Rivers’ first feature-length film documents the solitary existence of Jake, who lives in isolation in a remote Scottish forest. He is seen in all seasons, surviving frugally, undertaking strange projects, living the radical dream of his younger self. Two Years At Sea captures his unconventional life with profound beauty. Ben Rivers was present throughout the weekend to introduce and discuss his work.
Ben Rivers is one of the most distinctive UK filmmakers working today. His films focus on marginal places and individuals, often those who have disconnected from the normal world and taken themselves into wilderness territories. Using an old handheld 16mm camera and film stock, he meticulously processes the work himself.Crossing the boundaries of gallery and cinema presentation, and between documentary and fiction, his work imagines alternative visionary new worlds.
Dir. Ben Rivers, 88mins + Intro, 2011
Ben Rivers lives and works in London, he studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, initially in sculpture before moving into photography and super8 film. He is the recipient of numerous prizes including: FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, 68th Venice Film Festival for his first feature film Two Years At Sea; Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel 42, 2011; Jarman Award shortlist 2010/2012; and Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, 2010. Recent exhibitions include: Slow Action, Hepworth Wakefield (2012); Sack Barrow, Hayward Gallery, London (2011); Slow Action, Matt’s Gallery, London and Gallery TPW, Toronto (2011); Kate MacGarry, London (2010); and A World Rattled of Habit, A Foundation, Liverpool (2009). His work has been profiled at film festivals including: Courtisane Festival; Pesaro International Film Festival; London Film Festival; Tirana Film Festival; Punto de Vista, Pamplona; Indielisboa and Milan Film Festival. In 1996 he co-founded Brighton Cinematheque, which he co-programmed through to its demise in 2006.
Curated by AV Festival 12. Regional Premiere.
£5 / £3.50
Sun 11 March 2012, 11am-12.30pm
Newcastle NE1 2NP