Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Nicholas & Sheila Pye, Limber Kindness, 2006
Nicholas & Sheila Pye, Limber Kindness, 2006
2007 Screening

Films by Nicholas & Sheila Pye

1028 Queen St W


2006, 14 min

In a decrepit three-room house two lovers, played
by the filmmakers, fall out of each other’s graces
and turn bitter enemies without exchanging
words. In the theatrical dream world of their sleep,
they endeavor to harm each other though a series
of childish games, which inevitably go too far.
Growing increasingly distrustful of one another,
these somnambulists become finely skilled at the
unmaking of love.


2005, 14 min

On an isolated farm, Nicole, age 8, wakes up
during the summer, in her bed. In those early
moments between waking and rising she
remembers an encounter from last winter with an
elderly woman in a snowstorm. Her thoughts,
imagination and boredom are satisfied through


2004, 10 min

Boxed into twin rooms yet separated by a thin
wall, a brother and sister communicate their
desires. Stunning, provocative and perplexing, the
pair is irresistible to watch as they become
increasingly dependent on one another. Needing
each other to perform basic bodily functions, such
as breathing, “Sheila and Nicholas Pye explore
collisions of a different sort in their edgy (and often
hilarious) film exposing the vulnerabilities of
emotional interdependence."

Sarah Milroy, The Globe and Mail, This Week,
Saturday, June 5, 2004, page M8


2002, 6 min 30 sec

An abandoned farmhouse serves as the catalyst
for the exploration of childhood, memory, and
architecture. The elusive process of recollecting
memories, both fabricated and real, is examined as
a girl moves from one decrepit room to the next.
The protagonist, played by the writer/director, is a
young girl on the verge of womanhood who
exorcises her past by destroying the house.


2004, 10 min 30 sec

Inspired by the existential writer, Eugene Ionesco,
this story unfolds in a middle class drawing room,
during a non-specific time period. A professor, his
young pupil, and his maid embark on a journey
through the curriculum of the absurd. The
in the film are rendered emotionless and marionette
like by the pixilated style in which the film was
shot. As the lesson continues, communication
breaks down, language falters, and the austere
professor loses all control.

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