Florrie James, 'Hawthorne'

1 — 31 July 2023

Florrie James, ‘Hawthorne’, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Hawthorn, a quiet teenage boy with all the correlating tender attributes, lives in a village on the West Coast of Scotland. The mournful landscapes and whistling wind are interrupted by the blasting dystopic industrial rhythms from Glasgow’s The Modern Institute. The score mirrors Hawthorn’s defeated ego in his desperate love for a returning friend, Magnolia. Sorrowful and deeply felt, Hawthorn’s lovesickness is Romanticist in colour. The wilderness is uncaring. The water laps softly against the muddy sand, oblivious. Fat seals continue to lounge on rocks out at sea.

Casting movement artist, Romany Dear, as the teenage boy was inspired by her recent performance Two fisted, many sided, tuna fem, which touches upon themes of masculinity’ and femininity,’ via and vis-a-vis the body. Katie Shannon who plays Magnolia is an artist and musician based in Glasgow.

Florrie James

Florrie James is a filmmaker based in Bristol, making short, often narrative films, shot mostly on 16mm. In 2019 James graduated from Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE) in San Sebastian. James has taken part in several prestigious development programmes and residencies such as receiving a MacDowell Fellowship, Now & Next, The Margaret Tait Residency and the Flaherty Fellowship. Her films include 4 Day Weekend Underground, Painting & Decorating and Red Hawthorn and she is currently working on a short narrative film, Trout Lake as well as developing her production company, Handsome Stranger.

Image description: A black and white film still of someone with short blonde hair sat, arms around knees, looking to the right of the frame and wearing black headphones.

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