Deutsche Version

Myself when Fourteen

Director: Arthur Cantrill    → show biography   
Director: Corinne Cantrill    → show biography   
Director: Ivor Cantrill
Country: Australia
Year: 1989
Synopsis: Brightly coloured animated drawings rotoscoped from high contrast black and white negative film of Ivor Cantrill aged 14, are integrated with the original negative and positive images on an optical printer to create patterns of black, white and colour. The filmmaker reminisces about being 14 and describes the rotoscoping process. Ivor Cantrill is autistic, and his attention to detail and his preoccupation with repetition are positive aspects of his condition.

“MYSELF WHEN FOURTEEN generates a comparably hypnotic effect by recycling a couple of black-and-white shots taken in 1974 of the Cantrills’ autistic son Ivor running past the camera, rotoscoped by Ivor himself in continually shifting colours. On the screen, time essentially stands still; on the soundtrack, Ivor enumerates the colours of the pens used in the rotoscoping process, and otherwise seems struck by the distance between the two versions of himself, artist and subject (“I look very young…”). There are at least three temporal layers here: the time of Ivor’s commentary, the time he looks back on, and the explicitly referenced intervening time when he laboured to bring these images to their final form. Of course, from our viewing perspective all three of these layers belong to the past – something seemingly intrinsic to the film medium, though the Cantrills’ “expanded cinema” presentations fuse past and present by incorporating old footage into performances taking place before our eyes.” (Jake Wilson)
Language: without dialogue

Technical Attributes

Format: Data
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version
Resolution: 768x576
Size: 1,12 GB
Container: MPEG-4
Codec: H.264, AAC
Running time (minutes): 19
Color: color
Sound: Stereo
Aspect ratio: 1:1,33
Frames per second: 25