Magnificent Ray
by Sarah Miles

woman in feather head-dress blowing


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Magnificent Ray explores the Western by focusing on gender relations in a confluence of dream movie genre and everyday life.

'A world of emotional and sensory experience eddying endlessly, in atmosphere of the mind and in twilit regions of memory where past and present blur. Life is mysterious, a luminous halo, a semi transparent envelope surrounding us from beginning to end, consciousness is the end'
Virginia Woolf.

Filmed on location in Bridport and Portland in West Dorset, and featuring locals as extras and principal players, Florence encounters Ray a subtle souled girl slipping into forgetfulness. Their journey from showdown to slowdown explores the nature of dreams whilst sensing a narrative. Florence and Ray….Florence Ray.

Commissioned by Picture This and South West Media Development Agency as part of Remote Sensing: Outlook and Observation in collaboration with Spacex Gallery and Prema.



Year 2000
Duration 23 minutes
Original format
Screening format Digital Beta / MPEG-2 DVD
Aspect ratio 16:9 FHA
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 1


Funded by the Arts Council of England’s National Touring programme with additional financial support from South West Arts.

Screening history:

19 October 2000
LUX Centre, London, UK

Prema Art Centre, Gloucestershire, UK

12 - 28 October 2000
Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK

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