Worst Case Scenario
by John Smith
An exploration of the ambiguities of documentary photographs which develops ideas triggered by a German pun. Worst Case Scenario starts out as a series of still photographs depicting daily life on a Viennese street corner.
The film re-orders and manipulates a selection of these images, and as it progresses the static world slowly and subtly comes to life. As Sigmund Freud casts his long shadow across the city, an increasingly improbable chain of events and relationships starts to emerge.
"On a visit to Vienna in 1999 I stayed in a third floor hotel room overlooking a busy street corner. One of the reasons for the corner's popularity was a bustling bakery and sandwich shop which attracted a constant stream of customers. Illuminated signs outside the premises publicised its wares, including one which prominently displayed the two words 'WURST' and 'KASE'. I was struck by the chaotic activity of the corner and its elaborate road markings and confusing rights of way. Looking out of my hotel window, I witnessed numerous near collisions between pedestrians, trams, cars, lorries and cyclists. For this reason, the 'WURST-KASE' sign seemed to be an entirely appropriate label for the place - from my aerial vantage point I could imagine all kinds of potential disasters which might befall the oblivious passers-by below. The place looked like an accident waiting to happen - a 'worst case scenario'".
|Original format||35mm stills|
Produced with additional research and development funding from the Arts Council of England and production funding from Film London.
10 October - 22 November 2003
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2003 London Film Festival
42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival
Gus Van Sant Award (best experimental film)
Griot Editorial Award (best editing)
Drawing on the raw material of everyday life, John Smith's meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing