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The ritual sacrament of First Communion is usually commemorated in a portrait of the child on their special day. It is the beginning in a life of good character and a milestone in a seven year old’s education.


Communion remembers the visual grammar of the Communion portrait with its stylised rhetoric of poses and rigid formal style. The film re-stages these portraits with the high production values of 35mm, using the medium and lighting techniques associated with the Hollywood studio system. The aim was to create a sumptuous image through the index; the imprint of light on chemical film at the cinematographic stage. The unadorned framing brings to mind the films


of Bresson or possibly the genre of supernatural thriller, the haunting spectacle of the close up of the woman’s face in so many memorable Hollywood and European films; the religious iconicity of Dreyer’s Joan of Arc, the secular beauty of Garbo in Queen Christina or the mystical melodrama of the face of Jenny Jones in The Song of Bernadette.


Director / Nina Danino Cast / Thalia Somerville Large Cinematographer / Billy Williams BSC Editor / David Dickson Grading / Paul Dean HD Post Production / Toby Glover Online Editor / Steve Murgatroyd Focus Puller / Oliver Ledwith Clapper Loader / Alex Byng Gaffer / Brian Fawcett Electrician / Brian Lockyear Stills Photographer / Jane Atkins Production Assistant / Pru Beecroft Runner / George Davenport Runner / Robert Searle Co-Producer / Nina Danino Producer / Tracy Bass


Communion, (2010) 35mm, silent, 10 mins. has been shown in From Floor To Sky, P3 London, Little Constellation, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Malta Contemporary Art (2010). You can see a preview at www.stimulusrespond. com/communion.html.


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