Light Ghazal

A meditation on dark and light.

  • Marie Craven
  • Matt Hetherington
  • Masonik
  • Mono No Aware
    Hand-processed film
  • Matt Hetherington
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Poetry Film
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 27, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • Juteback Poetry Film Festival
    Fort Collins
    United States
    October 19, 2018
    Official Selection
  • O Bheal Poetry Film Competition @ Indie Cork Film Festival
    October 14, 2018
    Competition Finalist
  • Artist Film Workshop
    March 15, 2018
    Marie Craven Retrospective Program
Director Biography - Marie Craven

Marie Craven (Queensland, Australia) assembles short videos from poetry, music, voice, stills and moving images by various artists around the world. Created mostly via the internet, the pieces are collaborative in a way that belongs to the 21st century. Since 2014, Marie has created over 60 videopoems. Many of them have screened at poetry film festivals and events around the world. Her earliest involvement in media was in the mid-1980s with super 8 film-making in Melbourne. More at

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Director Statement

'Light Ghazal' is a third video collaboration with poet, Matt Hetherington. From across the world, Dave Bonta put us in email contact for the first of these, 'Orphanage'. Since then Matt, who lives not far from me here in Australia, has been coming up this way to meet and collaborate in person. This process resulted in the second piece, 'Everything sleeps but the night', and now this latest. It's kind of radical for me to collaborate in the flesh these days, as most of my collaborations for the past decade, video and music alike, have been net-based. I welcome this recent development. For the soundtrack I selected 'Inna Sky' from the 'Sutol' album by Fremantle-based Masonik, whose sounds I have also worked with before in my poetry films. The source footage for the image track is from Mono No Aware in New York, whose films are available on Creative Commons licence at Vimeo. I selected the sections of footage most fitting for this new video and created two layers on top of each other. This was so I could add dimensionality and fx to bring out the hand-processed film textures, as well as bring into sharper presence the ghostly, underlying images on the original film. I love hand-processed film. It seems to emphasise the direct chemical expression of light hitting celluloid and focus us on the materiality of that process. Thus the footage seemed especially relevant to the poem here, which is all about light.