MARTIN PARR, ARLES 2004 DIRECTED BY OLIVIER ETCHEVERRY; AU NORD, AU SUD ET CIE (FRANCE, 2005, 52 MIN)
Sponsored by the Service Culturel, Consulat General de France, Toronto
Olivier etcheverry’s film chronicles Martin Parr’s selection process as he curates an exhibition of international photography at the invitation of the Arles Photography Festival. Parr’s candid observations about his colleagues’ work – including artists James Mollison, Chris Killip, Neeta Mahadar, Kay Grannon, Stephen Gill, Rinko Kawauchi, Ihei Kimura, Raphael Dellaporte and Hans Van der Meer – offer insight into his own working methods and thought processes.
THINK OF ENGLAND DIRECTED BY MARTIN PARR; MOSAIC FILMS (UK, 1999, 49 MIN)
Martin Parr trades photography for video in this exploration of English identity, travelling the country from sunny beaches to rainy villages asking, “What is Englishness?” Following a return to labour rule, one young man is hopeful about the future. A war veteran refuses to travel abroad and wants to rid the country of immigrants. British- Pakistani kids playing cricket wrestle with their cultural allegiances. In Parr’s signature tongue-in-cheek style, Think of England reveals casual prejudices and conflicting attitudes, offering many answers to an enduring question of identity.