A616: THE MARSHES
A616 is a film collective that comprises of Josh Alexander & David Kelly-Mancaux. This trilogy documents Lea Marshes and what ensues; each film explores particular facets of these marshes. Josh lived on the Waltham side of the marshes (now Sicily) and David on the Hackney (now Viet Nam).
Breathe Wizard Breathe is a swirl of marsh dwellers (leafy mummers, car parks, tree spirits, pylons, goalposts) but ultimately a singular, omnipresent, character. A thin veil is lifted to reveal: magic. Voyeurism. Which leads to Please Don’t Leave Your Personal Longings on the Train. This one’s a low-fi approach that follows the weirdness of everything around a marshy estate with pulsating energy + daylight.
WARMING completes the trilogy. An awakening of language; the marsh is aware of us.
The role call:
Millfields, St. Augustine, Kingsmead Estate, Landmark Heights, Hackney Marshes, Middlesex Filter Beds, Clapton Park Estate, Lea River.
The trilogy, in its entirety, can now be viewed online here: https://vimeo.com/album/3334184
A616 is a film collective comprising of Josh Alexander (josh-alexander.com) & David Kelly-Mancaux (erkembode.com). Their first film together, for Saints on Film, was made for the Hardy Tree Gallery exhibition Not just Another Saint. Their latest effort, WARMING, is a filmpoem of the Hackney Marshes & makes The Marshes trilogy absolute. A616’s films can be viewed online at vimeo.com/a616.