When you lose someone close, deep love becomes deep grief; both are never-ending but one is the other's solace. In the years following the sudden death of my youngest sister, my deep grief has been shot through with regret, the hardest and most most persistently unforgiving face of loss. When I visited Skippool Creek and the Wyre Estuary in the north west of England, littered with dying boats, it felt like the landscape of regret.

  • Janet Lees
  • Janet Lees
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Other
  • Genres:
    Videopoetry, Poetry film
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    Isle of Man
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Janet Lees

Janet Lees is a lens-based artist and poet. Her films have been selected for many festivals and screenings, including the Aesthetica Art Prize, the International Vidoepoetry Festival, and the Zebra Poetry Film Festival. In 2021 she won the Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film competition. Her art photography has been exhibited around the world and her poetry is widely published and anthologised. She has had two books published: 'House of water', a collection of her poems and art photographs, and 'A bag of sky', the winning collection in the Frosted Fire Firsts prize hosted by the UK's Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

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Director Statement

In various ways I’m chronicling what it feels like to be human at a time when loss is the backdrop to life for everyone; when human activity is having a devastating effect on life on earth. This film encapsulates in parallel personal loss and universal loss, and the efforts to contain them.