By Accident

Norris Davidson

Description

‘By Accident, a film by Norris Davidson, is one of few independent films produced in the early years of the Irish state, and one of the first films to emerge from the group Irish Amateur Films. Only an estimated one third of the film remains intact, obscuring the film’s narrative, dark and psychological elements, but allowing its more innovative qualities – stark, disjunctive editing, poetic juxtapositions and freewheeling camerawork – to take centre stage.’

(Notes by Experimental Film Club, sourced from http://www.ifi.ie/film/by-accident/ on Sept 28th 2016)

‘Scenes for By Accident were shot at Sutton, Co Dublin, the Martello Tower, Howth, on the Feather Bed Mountain, Co Wicklow, and in the Phoenix Park and O’Connell St, Dublin. Interiors were shot at the Abbey Theatre with the aid of P J Carolan. The screenings at the Peacock Theatre were accompanied by a short documentary directed by Mary Manning and photographed by Norris Davidson, Bank Holiday, and two other shorts, Pathetic Gazette (Irl 1930) and Screening in the Rain (Irl 1930).’

(Sourced from http://www.tcd.ie/irishfilm/showfilm.php?fid=56625 on September 28th 2016)

Details
Title

By Accident

Year

1930

Creator

Norris Davidson

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Feature

Genre

Portrait, Surrealist

Subject

Death, Dreams

Language

English (eng) (intertitles)

Duration

60 minutes (only 20 minutes of footage survives)

Original format

Physical: Film: 16mm

Aspect ratio

to be confirmed

Colour

Black and White

Sound

Silent

Rights

to be confirmed

Artist website

no artist website exists

Link to work

no link available