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Created during a residency at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre. Threads is a monomyth — the protagonist (the viewer) journeys downriver at night to the sea following the red thread — as they do so they also travel deep within, to their own memories; recalling folkloric traditions from childhood, from a time when pishogues and tradition ruled the hearts and minds of country people – themes of gain and loss, tree-lore, land and water, continuity and change. The visual narrative content of these filmed vignettes are short scenes balanced on symbolic and theatrical gesture. The narratives built from a number of sources; stories gathered locally, augmented extracts from collectors such as Gregory and Yeats and new narratives generated by the act of “making” within the workspace of the environment and the community. Although localised, through the gathered materials, these elements are also rendered transnational, through the underlying universal symbolic content, having therefore attributes that will continue to generate internal dialogue.

  • David Bickley
  • David Bickley
  • David Bickley
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
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  • West Cork ASrts Centre
    September 20, 2019
Director Biography - David Bickley

Born in Manchester in 1961, David Ian Bickley is an award-winning artist, filmmaker and musician with more than 30 years experience working in the fields of the creative arts and media production.
As a producer and director for film and television he was the winner of the BBC Short Film Award; first prize for video at the Sony Film Festival; winner of best documentary / best director at the Fastnet Film Festival and has been the recipient of two film project awards from the Arts Council of Ireland.
He has worked extensively as an independent producer and for the Irish state broadcaster RTÉ as a producer and director in a wide range of genres from studio to magazine and documentary and was a senior producer with RTÉ Cork for six years.
Specialising in arts, music and historical travelogue notable credits include The Man Who Shot Beckett which spearheaded the Beckett 100 season in Ireland, major series Out of the Blue and Tracks and Trails and the four-part international music series The Celtic Songlines presented by Dónal Lunny among many others.
As an film artist he has exhibited his work alongside major artists including Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw and Ron Arad.
His work has been shown at numerous film and art festivals around the world including at the Gallery of City Museum of Aveiro, Portugal; Haun Tie Art Museum, Beijing, China; Common Ground, International Touring Exhibition; Lewis Art Gallery, Millsaps, Jackson Mississippi; Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin; Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork; The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor, England.
As a musician and composer his work has garnered critical praise and he is perhaps best-known as the creative force behind the groundbreaking group Hyper[borea] which pioneered the fusion of
Celtic music with dance idioms in the 1990s winning Dance Act and Album of the Year at the Hot Press Heineken Awards.
He has collaborated with many musical artists throughout his career including Maire Breatnac, Hans Joachim Roedelius, Fergus O'Farrell, James O'leary, Tom Green and Dare Mason.
David Bickley is also an experienced lecturer and educator in film and media production having taught at Griffith College and St John's College, Cork.
He lives in West Cork, Ireland.

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