JPFF Selection - Hammersmith
Name of Film: Hammersmith
Directors Name: Kate Sweeney
Poets Name: Sean O'Brien
Synopsis: 'Hammersmith' is a single-page animated poetryfilm, made in response to extracts from Sean O' Brien's same-titled poem. A fluid picture of 1950's London, drawn from the iconic cinematography from the 1952 film, 'Night And The City', which is a beautifully shot film noir directed by Jules Dassin. It fixes the landscape of 1950's London into the imagination, but at the same time presents the streets, buildings of London as a dreamy, melting set, a backdrop to the constant shifts and changes in the lives and fortunes of its inhabitants.
In Kate Sweeney's film, London is presented as a character, as fluid and changeable as The river Thames itself as it flows under The Hammersmith Bridge.