The Lingering and the Stain

Conceived at the interzone of fantasy and flesh, The Lingering and the Stain records the actual etching of a poem onto a woman’s skin by a blind tattooist. Bound by rope and contract to perfect stillness, the woman’s mind wanders through the pain: perhaps her thoughts direct the needle, perhaps she’s ruled by the consensual act. Part gothic neo-noir, part hyper-real documentary, 'The Lingering and the Stain' is a literally spine tingling short film.

  • Elena Knox
    Director
  • Roberto Jean François
    Director
  • Elena Knox
    Writer
  • Lull Studio
    Producer
  • Elena Knox
    Key Cast
  • Josh Roelink
    Key Cast
  • Paul J Warren
    Cinematography
  • John Brawley
    Cinematography
  • Naomi Radomishelski
    Music
  • Elena Knox
    Editing
  • Rowena Hall
    Stills Photography
  • Lindsay Webb
    Titles
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Fanstasy, Surreal, Autofiction, Experimental documentary
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2008
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English, Latin
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Ghostliness, Studio Shiori Watanabe
    Tokyo
    Japan
    December 17, 2021
  • Interdisciplinary Art Project Kobe
    Kobe
    Japan
    October 31, 2020
    Asia premiere
  • International Video Poetry Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    January 19, 2018
  • Körpersprache, Haus für Poesie, Literaturwerkstatt
    Berlin
    Germany
    February 16, 2016
  • Down Under Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    September 14, 2012
  • International Streaming Festival
    The Hague
    Netherlands
    December 1, 2011
  • Red Hot Shorts: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
    Melbourne
    Australia
    December 4, 2009
  • Sydney Underground Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    September 12, 2009
  • Akademie der Künste: Poesiefestival
    Berlin
    Germany
    July 1, 2009
  • St Kilda Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    May 29, 2009
    Australian premiere
  • Athens Video Art Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    May 14, 2009
  • Zebra Poetry Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 11, 2008
    Premiere
Director Biography - Elena Knox, Roberto Jean François

Elena Knox is a media and performance artist. An adjunct researcher fellow in Intermedia Art and Science at Waseda University, Tokyo, she works with the Creative Robotics Lab at Australia’s National Institute for Experimental Arts, and co-directs production house Lull Studio. Her creative practice PhD won the 2015 Dean’s Award at UNSW Australia Art & Design. Her media artworks have been presented in premiere venues in New York, Cologne, Berlin, Athens, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Plovdiv, Frankfurt, Milan, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Beijing and Cairo.

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