Waterbag

Joe Comerford

Description

‘Waterbag was made as a preparation for Comerford’s feature Reefer and the Model. Set on a fishing trawler,it involves the relationship between two fishermen and a pregnant woman and ends with an apparently self-induced miscarriage. Haunting slow-motion images of a swaying rocking horse accompany composer Roger Doyle’s score (a music box nursery rhyme), bringing Waterbag to an enigmatic, moving finish. As in Emtigon, and later RoadSide, the filmmaker experiments with combinations of live action and abstraction: “I was attempting to alter the form of the film’s language, enabling an altogether different visual flow. The idea was to test the standard procedure of using dialogue to convey narrative by replacing it with abstract imagery. This meant shooting the film twice – firstly, in a conventional way, with actors, and, secondly, retelling the story in abstract form by painting frameby-frame on transparent 16mm film, all with the purpose of asking: “Was it the choice of the foetus not to be born?”’ (Sourced from http://www.ifi.ie/wp-content/uploads/Joe-Comerford-Painting-a-Feature-by-Eugene-Finn1.pdf on June 12th 2016)

Details
Title

Waterbag

Year

1984

Creator

Joe Comerford

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Absolute, Abstract Live Action, Lyrical, Portrait, Trance

Subject

Pregnancy, Docklands (Dublin, Ireland)

Language

English (eng)

Duration

9 minutes

Original format

Physical: Film: 16mm

Aspect ratio

to be confirmed

Colour

Both Colour and Black and White

Sound

Sound

Rights

to be confirmed

Artist website

No artist website exists

Link to work

Not available online