The answering voice

A film about possibilities, rather than probabilities, in the Anthropocene. Commissioned by Culture Vannin, the Manx Heritage Foundation, as part of the Island Utopias project.

  • Janet Lees
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    Poetry film
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Isle of Man
  • Country of Filming:
    Isle of Man
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Director Biography - Janet Lees

Janet Lees is an artist, poet and poetry filmmaker. Her film-based works have been selected for many festivals and screenings, including the Zebra Poetry Film Festival, the International Videopoetry Festival and the Aesthetica Art Prize.

As an artist she has exhibited around the world. In 2018 she was the artist representing the Isle of Man at the Festival Interceltique in France, with an exhibition comprising art photography, film and poetry.

Janet's 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

As an artist, experimental filmmaker and poet, I’m chronicling what it feels like to be human at a time when humanity is having a devastating effect on the ecological systems that sustain life on earth. My work is concerned with mythologizing experience; I use the camera as a storytelling machine rather than a documenting device. I think film and photography, alongside poetry, are among the most important and authentic means of creative expression in our times.