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Hemlock Forest

Inspired by the work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, this personal essay film reflects on the value of a life lived versus a life recorded.


Dir-Prod-Scr Moyra Davey
Sales greengrassi

A profoundly personal essay film, reflecting on the value of a life lived versus a life recorded and inspired by the work of influential Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Moyra Davey examines her own artistic strategies alongside the work of Karl Ove Knausgård and Akerman. During the making of the film, Akerman took her own life. The filmmaker’s unexpected death soon engulfed Davey’s awareness, prompting a broader exploration of Akerman’s and her own biographies, amidst more universal themes of compulsion, artistic production, life and its passing.

Benjamin Cook

Short film

Wedding Loop

Dir-Prod-Scr Moyra Davey. USA 2017. 23min

Recounting a wedding party and the women involved, reflected through the work of 19th-century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

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Total running time 84min

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