MICHAEL C COLDWELL

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This new essay film is currently being submitted to film festivals and should premiere later this year. A trailer will be available soon...

Views from Sunk Island (2021)

Dir. Michael C Coldwell

This unique poetic documentary uses still photographs, field recordings and spoken word to paint a picture of a disappearing landscape in England. You can see some of the original photography series used in the production
here: The Disappearing Coast.

A series of photographs chart a haunted shoreline. A boy went missing on these cliffs while exploring their eroding war ruins. His body was never found.
This essay film explores the landscape around his disappearance, looking for clues and meaning in these profound absences. Do they have something to say about England today? 

The East Coast of the country is a land living on borrowed time. Time we borrowed from the sea, reclaimed from marshland a thousand years ago. But now it seems the sea has come to claim it all back.
The cliffs here are disappearing rapidly, five feet lost every year, the highest rate of coastal erosion in Europe. And as we look out to sea, it is Europe that we face, from the vantage point of a topology more akin to that of the
Netherlands, than the rest of "God’s Own Country" - this flat expanse was once a frontier in a world war. We see the remains of that battle strewn haphazardly across the beach now, forgotten concrete monuments to a much more
troubled time than this one. Can we learn something from these crumbling remains before they disappear forever?


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