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Captain Elliot's Circle

Equal parts documentary, essay, and narrative, "Captain Elliot's Circle" is mostly a poetic interaction with an obscure corner of Chinese and British history. Constructed using primary source documents about the taking of Zhoushan, Britain’s first choice for a seaport, in the late 1830s, this movie uses Captain Charles Elliot’s reluctance to brutalize the Chinese to reflect on the cyclical nature of history and the power structures that move it. The long takes used throughout function to illustrate the dramatically different ways in which people who lived in the mid-19th century perceived time. Additionally, it represents the psychological effect of living on an island regardless of what era you were born in. The last third of the movie focuses on a young woman whose strange day job has taken her far away from the island of Zhoushan generations after Captain Charles Elliot was last there. "Captain Elliot’s Circle" was shot on location in Zhoushan and Hangzhou.

  • Jake Barningham
  • Jake Barningham
  • S L F
  • Iris Zhang
    Key Cast
  • Emer Cordoba
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    History, Avant Garde, Essay, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 51 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director - Jake Barningham