Night Time Room
by Ronnie Close
Night Time Room explores martyrdom and the implications of radical beliefs that interweave the political with personal experience. The script is composed from transcripts of interviews with 1981 Irish Republican ex-Hunger Strikers from Northern Ireland.
Through the observation of a fictional character, Dingus, a figure confined by his own domestic space and past, a fictional mode is used to explore the character's schism between his past ideological purity of belief and the complexity of quotidian, contemporary life.
Night-Time Room follows an aesthetic strategy to transform the domesticity of Dingus's personal space that is a seamless slippage from the everyday to more estranged meanings. The visual approach combines photographic stasis with theatre-like conventions to explore the subject in a fusion of form with content. The approach explores the archetype of the martyr whose purity of belief is signified through their ultimate use of the body as a weapon. A disembodied monologue is heard through a voiceover that relates the inner memories of the character as he silently moves within his home space. The film interweaves these elements to offer a personal insight and portrait of a political figure confined by his own past.
|Duration||12 minutes 29 seconds|
|Medium||Single screen video|
|Original format||RED 2k|
|Screening format||Digital Beta SD / HD file playback from solid state player|
|Colour / B&W||Colour|
Produced by Picture This as a joint Scripted Notion commission with South West Screen, funded by UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Picture This Atelier, Bristol, UK
11 - 13 March, 2010
Based on a True Story
Artsway, Hampshire, UK
03 July - 30 August 2010
Ronnie Close is an artist and academic. His work focuses on martyrdom and the relationship between myth and historical truth.
To open the exhibition of Night time Room, there will be a preview screening of the film at 7.30 followed by panel discussion.