No Place comprises two parts: No Place (Looking forward); and No Place (Looking back). The films were initially shown as two different companion installations, in two separate but related locations – King’s Lynn in Norfolk and King’s Cross in London.
King’s Lynn and King’s Cross stand at either end of the railway line into and out of London and, provide archetypal representations of the ‘country’ and the ‘city.’ No Place (Looking back), set in King’s Cross, represents the point of view of a woman (Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz grown up into Judy from Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo…) looking back, from the apparent sanctuary of a church.
Contrasting her memories of countryside with a loss of innocence and of childhood illusions we follow her arrival in the Emerald City. No Place (Looking forward), set in King’s Lynn reflects the point of view of a young girl growing up in the countryside reminiscent of the hillbilly flatlands of Kanzas. She seeks refuge in the cinema and dreams of one day moving to the city.
‘An elusive collage of real and fictional characters who all live in a kind of temporary limbo a long way from home but still looking for a sense of belonging.’
No Place (Looking Forward) set in Kings Lynn reflects the point of view of a young girl watching The Wizard of Oz in a movie theatre. The fenlands surrounding Kings Lynn are reminiscent of the hillbilly flatlands of Kansas and the magic of childhood and cinema are conflated.
Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella in association with King’s Lynn Arts Centre. Funded by Arts Council England with the support of Film London. Supported by The Regional Arts Lottery Fund of Arts Council England East and Arts Council England Grants for National Touring. With additional support from Camden Council.
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