We edited and provided camerawork for this film about Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley’s Brighton Festival show, Portraits of Dissension. It was directed by Spike Geilinger of Cinestre Films for BBC Arts.
The exhibition depicted buildings at the centre of ideological struggle and commemorated the five people who died when the Grand Hotel, Brighton, was bombed by the IRA during the 1984 Conservative party conference.
We are particularly pleased with the steadicam shots in Brighton’s oldest building, St Nicholas Church, as well as the footage we shot of Roy Walsh meets Patrick McGee, a bronze recreation of the hotel facade after the bomb. Patrick McGee planted the bomb under the bath in his room, while staying under the pseudonym Roy Walsh.
Projects like this one are challenging to work on. The sobering content had to be realised sensitively and delicately, out of respect for the people who were hurt or killed in the events of 1984. Nathan Coley: Portraits of Dissension is not a political film but it is one that makes you reflect, and we were glad to be part of it.