The Host

  • 60'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2015
"The seven things I know about Iranian oil" that opens Miranda Pennell’s film cut a sharp swathe through our knowledge of British colonial history in Iran. The Host is much more than this, however. It's a film that benefits from Pennell’s deep immersion in British Petroleum’s archives, where ancient geologies are mapped out amongst stunning photographs of mid-twentieth-century oil fields.
What these images leave out tells just as much as what they endeavour to represent. Family histories, Polaroids, table settings and science fiction begin bubbling to the surface as Pennell looks over the shoulders of her mother and father as they try to make sense of their own experiences in pre-revolutionary Iran.
The Host becomes ever more sticky a tale, animating a twentieth-century colonial encounter which resonates through to the present day.
Director
Miranda Pennell
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
United Kingdom
Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
60'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Miranda Pennell
Sales
LUX
Screenplay
Miranda Pennell
Editor
John Smith
Sound Design
Miranda Pennell, John Smith
Music
Edmund Rubra, Heidar Reghabi, Majid Vafadar
Website
http://www.mirandapennell.com