BEDECKED

How public is public space on a British Victorian seafront where cabins and cottages draw invisible boundaries between privilege and preciosity, precariousness and preclusion?

  • Roderick Steel
    Director
  • Roderick Steel
    Writer
  • Roderick Steel
    Producer
  • Roderick Steel
    Photography
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • SeeMôr Short Film Festival, Anglesey,
    anglesey
    United Kingdom
    November 11, 2020
  • 6th Santos Film Fest
    Santos
    Brazil
    June 25, 2021
    Best Short Foreign Film/Best Short Foreign Film Screenplay/Best Directing
  • Festival de Cine Amazonia del Plata
    Tigre
    Argentina
    June 24, 2021
Director Biography - Roderick Steel

Roderick has worked with video in the US, UK & Brazil. Overriding concerns in his work include the journey images take within other images, how images behave in different media and how they relate to each other, using photography and cinema as references.

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Director Statement

As cabanas e chalés da orla britânica servem como signos potentes dessa apropriação espacial. São objetos que se posicionam claramente entre territórios e materializam esses conflitos espaciais. Tanto que “BEDECKED” foca numa postura criminosa para problematizar essa dialética de poder que privilegia pessoas e grupos de pessoas em áreas públicas. Tomou como ponto de partida uma série de incêndios que destruíram construções privadas na orla britânica em 2019.(1) As ações criminosas – respaldadas pela ótica do filme – postulam uma necessidade pré-pandêmica de questionar processos de exclusão e de exploração de espaços comuns para fins privados que a Pandemia certamente virá a exacerbar. Não se sabe se uma consequência potencial do COVID-19 será de gerar tanto uma aversão generalizada a grandes multidões em lugares como praias ou uma valorização desses grandes espaços ventilados justamente pelo seu uso flexível.

The British coastal huts and cottages serve as potent signs of spatial appropriation. “BEDECKED” focuses on a series of arson attacks to problematize power structures that privilege people and groups of people in public areas. It took as its starting point a series of fires that destroyed huts and chalets on the British coast in 2019. These criminal acts postulate a pre-pandemic need to question processes of exclusion and exploitation of common spaces for private ends that the Pandemic will certainly exacerbate.