If you haven’t experienced it from close by, you won’t be very familiar with the processes of death. Although there are countless fiction film scripts about life and death, there is still a taboo on a realistic approach to this subject. Eastwood spent a year among terminal patients, who gave him their trust and valuable time.

Wisely, he refrains from all sentiment or unnecessary stylisation. No music other than the local choir practising. Eastwood’s title refers to his location, the Isle of Wight, as well as a being a metaphor for the safe haven provided by palliative institutions where people retreat to prepare for the great journey to the other side. The ferries depart like spaceships, whilst slides of mutating cells loom like ‘planets’ under the microscope.

This project, created for the Fabrica gallery in Brighton, also exists as a multi-screen installation. The irrevocable linearity of film projection makes the experience even more poignant.

Filmmaker
Steven Eastwood
Premiere
International premiere
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
English
Producer
Elhum Shakerifar, Steven Eastwood
Production Company
Hakawati, Paradogs
Sales
Hakawati
Cinematography
Steven Eastwood
Editor
Sergio Vega Borrego
Sound Design
James Bulley, Iain Grant
Website
http://www.steveneastwood.co