in-ter-es-ting. . .
the conquest is almost complete but as everyone knows, history shows that empires rise and fall, right? RIGHT!?
i remember seeing this dude on a documentary a while back; can remember being suprised by his talents but i obviously didn’t take a serious look @ his work because i’m now amazed. Stephen Wiltshire draws and paints detailed cityscapes; he draws lifelike, accurate representations of cities, having sometimes only observed them briefly.
born on 24th April, 1974, Stephen was a mute as a child, and did not relate well to other people. then at the age of three, he was diagnosed as autistic. he had no language and lived entirely in his own world. at the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London, where it was noticed that the only pastime he enjoyed was drawing. it soon became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings.
here is immeasurable, natural innate artistry. i can’t look at a number & know for sure i’ve memorised it without a couple of takes; forget a city. dude is a beast, full stop. his work is popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.
the film originates from when writer and director Marlon Torres was told a ghost story as a child which haunted him for weeks. Torres was told a story of two siblings on a bridge and this caused too many sleepless nights for him to recount, so what happened Marlon!? well this film is an adaptation of that story, through the medium of short film. & having just sat through it, i can only say woah-mazing!
though the film is challenging, Torres deliberately chooses not to spoon feed the audience, which left me with as many questions as it did answers; LOST anyone?! set in the midst of Germany at the end of the Second World War, three soldiers go in search of a missing letter which will allow one of their number to get news about his pregnant sweetheart. what happens next is very much down to the viewers interpretation, so i’ll leave you to decipher it for yourself.
on a relative, shoestring budget Torres has successfully managed to produce an enjoyable, enigmatic piece; think The Pacific in 24minutes.