Pillars of Light, the Art of Jeremy Gardiner
Jeremy Gardiner is an abstract landscape painter whose work focuses on the geology of coastal landscapes. This short film portrays Gardiner's research and inspiration, as he sets out to visit the lighthouses of Devon, Dorset and Cornwall in the Southwest of England.
We see Godrevy lighthouse, near St Ives, made famous by Virginia Wolf; Start Point lighthouse, probably the most exposed peninsula in the English coast; and Anvil Point near Swanage, where the young Gardiner developed a lasting curiosity for the Geology of landscape in long walks with his Grandmother.
'These paintings are the product of a prolonged engagement with lighthouses and their histories, and with some of the most evocative of Britain's coastal landscapes.'
Christiana Payne, Art Historian
"We have a romantic view of lighthouses, and that stems from being a maritime nation but it also stems from the architectural beauty of these fantastic feats of Victorian engineering. They were designed to withstand storms and gigantic waves."
Veronica FalcãoDirectorPromotions Producer MGM, Disney Channel; Discovery
Richard Hughes Edge 2 Edge FilmsDirectorBBC Natural History Unit; HBO (USA)
Ravensbourne, Edge 2 Edge FilmsProducerBBC Natural History Unit
Jeremy Gardiner, artistKey Castplease see website www.jeremygardiner.co.uk
Richard HughesEditorsBBC 2, History Channel, Discovery
Veronica FalcãoEditorsOn-Air Promotions MGM, Disney Channel
Project Type:Documentary, Short
Runtime:16 minutes 28 seconds
Completion Date:May 12, 2016
Production Budget:10,000 GBP
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Country of Filming:United Kingdom
Shooting Format:Digital HD (4K)
Fine Arts Film Festival Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, California
July 16, 2016
North American Premiere
Festival Winner Art Doc
BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film FestivalChicago
November 4, 2016
Fulbright Scholar - Studied Documentary Film with Ricky Leacock at MIT Film Video - Boston, Massachusetts (1985 - 1986)
Editing Internship - Maysles Brothers, New York (1987)
Line Producer BBC, The Late Show
Line Producer, Research for The Late Show episode on violence as entertainment on Miami TV News (1994) Miami, Florida, USA
Launch Coordinator - Discovery Communications
Coordinated the re-versioning of 700 hours of original Discovery Channel programming for the launch of Discovery Channel in Brazil (1995 – 1996) Miami, Florida, USA
Promotions Producer, Movie Trailers - MGM Networks
Wrote, Produced and edited On-Air Promotions and trailers for the extensive MGM film archives (1996 – 1998) Miami, Florida, USA
Series Producer - Art Attack
Producer for Disney Channel at Gullane’s Maidstone Studios, Kent UK (2001-2003)
Audiobooks Producer - BBC Audiobooks, AudioGO, Audible UK, Strathmore, SNK Studios. 300+ titles recorded in Bath and London, UK (2005 - )
Richard is an award winning shooting director and documentary cameraman, who has credits for many of the major broadcasters including work with the prestigious BBC Natural History Unit. His recent film about human / elephant Co-existence became official selection at a number of International film festivals during 20015 /16.
In 2016 Richard is directing a documentary series for major UK broadcaster, as well as heading out to Ethiopia for a self funded film project.
Veronica Falcao - statement
Jeremy Gardiner is an artist whose 'paintings of the southern English coast draw on the mid-century abstraction of the St Ives school, with a millennial twist.'*
We have been collaborating for several decades and I frequently witness Jeremy being asked how he creates his work, where he draws inspiration from and how he goes about making the paintings. With this short film 'Pillars of Light' I have attempted to answer these questions and many others that I often ask myself.
I am very glad that Jeremy managed to convince me to work with Richard Hughes, who co-directed the film and whose camera work felt like the extension of my own eyes; while Neville Farmer's suggestion of Jools Scott's music took the narrative to a higher level during the editing.
We shot the film in early September and the sun was shining intermittently, bathing the landscape in a magical light. After the first day, I wrote on my film diary. "I observed the way Richard moved quickly and captured everything he saw, the camera an extension of his eyes, the heavy equipment looking light and malleable. There were a few seals popping their heads up while we worked, perhaps they were observing Jeremy Gardiner painting and also saying hello to Richard Hughes, who is a Natural History shooting director and cameraman."