Here’s a little something to leave you with for the weekend, when you’ve maybe got a bit more spare time on your hands and can commit to the full 14 minutes viewing time. The film is Maya Deren’s ‘Meshes of the Afternoon’ and is one of the most important and influential pieces of artist’s video ever made – up there with ‘Un Chien Andalou’ (at least in my mind anyway). It’s deeply surrealist in outlook, usurping the reality of objects, manipulating space to create a disorientating dream-world and exploring the subconscious hopes, fears, memories and desires that play out to make us who we do not know we are. It also has one of the most mesmerising atmospheres ever created on film and has had a profound effect on the aesthetic of much subsequent art-house cinema – most notably the films of David Lynch.
Thankfully the BFI have programmed what should be a wonderful season of films to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of this brilliant filmmaker where you’ll be able to see all of her works on a proper, full-size screen and on proper 35mm prints. Nice.