Deutsche Version

Harry Hooton

Director: Arthur Cantrill    → show biography   
Director: Corinne Cantrill    → show biography   
Country: Australia
Year: 1970
Synopsis: A tribute to the poet and philosopher Harry Hooton which is not a filmed biography but an attempt to embody his ideas of anarcho-technology on film which is conceived as a high energy field of light and colour, movements, editing and sound, a means of celebrating Hooton's definition of art as 'the communication of emotion to matter'.

Black and white images are contact-printed by hand in 3-foot lengths onto colour stock, superimposed and illuminated by coloured light. Unmediated by lens optics, the colours have an unusual purity.

“HARRY HOOTON’s only resemblance to a conventional documentary lies in it’s extensive use of tapes, which the poet recorded on his death-bed in 1961 and in which he read his poems and discussed his philosophy. In visual form, the film is an essay, attempting not only to declare Hooton’s view of an ideal world, but to create that world, or images from it.“ (Andrew Pike: The Cantrills – The Art of Seeing)

„The 83-minute HARRY HOOTON, a tribute to the Sydney poet and anarchist, draws from the past in both sound and image while simultaneously envisaging fantasies of the future. Much visual material is borrowed from the Cantrills’ earlier films, while the soundtrack is dominated by Hooton himself, outlining his social philosophy in a series of recordings made shortly before his death in 1961. From beyond the grave, his exuberant spirit possesses the film, with its dynamic montage sequences and passages of abstraction – not wholly characteristic of the Cantrills, who nonetheless find an imaginative release in Hooton’s wholehearted embrace of technology and yearning for mastery over the physical world.“ (Jake Wilson)
Language: English

Technical Attributes

Format: Data
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version
Resolution: 2048x1080
Size: 12,11 GB
Container: MPEG-4
Codec: H.264, PCM
Running time (minutes): 81
Color: b&w and color
Sound: Stereo
Aspect ratio: 1:1,33
Frames per second: 24