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At the time of filming, 34% of the world's conifer species are threatened with extinction. Lament is an ode to the natural world in a time of climate change. This film celebrates the beauty of Scottish forests, their ancient heritage and timeless quality. It also highlights what we stand to lose by ignoring the coming changes, carrying the implicit message that we, as humans, must make serious changes to protect the more-than-human world on which we depend.

There is no spoken word on the soundtrack.

  • Sue Thomas
  • Sue Thomas
  • Sue Thomas
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    5 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Sue Thomas

Thomas is a Galloway-based artist in South West Scotland where she has been working for the past 14 years. The genre of her work is artists’ moving image, an experimental format following in the footsteps of expanded cinema and inspired by the work of John Woodman, Stan Brakhage and David Abram.

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Director Statement

Thomas creates work in response to the natural world and the use of durational film provides close examination of the space-time continuum. The work is in part a response to the frenetic and relentlesss pace of life which can often seem unavoidable but is,, in reality, a choice. Her pieces allow the viewer to spend quiet time, immersed in the content and achieving a gentle state of almost meditation. The content is also a homage to nature, something she feel is so often overlooked or taken for granted. Inevitably there is an ecological element to the work and her intention is to generate a desire for environment care through appreciation and a wish to preserve.