Deutsche Version

Skin of Your Eye

Director: Arthur Cantrill    → show biography   
Director: Corinne Cantrill    → show biography   
Country: Australia
Year: 1971, 1973
Synopsis: A series of fifteen film essays on Melbourne and its counter culture from October 1971 until mid 1973: masses, crowds in the streets, traffic, large gatherings of people for political, religious, cultural events; TV newscasts – the tide of humanity being the matrix from which the alternative movement arose. From these masses emerge individuals: friends and family, co-workers, filmmakers, poets. A play between the quotidian and the particular.

(...) At the time of making SKIN OF YOUR EYE we had published a manifesto, Violence in the Cinema (Cantrills Filmnotes No. 9) part of which reads: „The audience cries out at the moment of the greatest film violence – the burning frame trapped in the projector gate“. This audience trauma is due to the sudden realisation that a film is being watched. Another source of this realisation is the slipping image in the projector gate. These and other aberrations of film projection are the defining experiences of film. So, SKIN OF YOUR EYE refers back repeatedly to the film strip, the frame and the variations in their registration. (...) We became concerned with preserving the sense of chronology in the shooting of a film; that is, to build into the film a record of its making. SKIN OF YOUR EYE was the first deliberate application of this. It is structured in almost the exact order of shooting and therefore reveals the film’s evolution developing from highly coloured early sequences to the austere, long-running, monochromatic imagery near the end of the film. This concern to preserve the filming chronology runs strongly through most of our recent landscape work and coincides with the interest in recording the passage of time and light. (Corinne and Arthur Cantrill)
Language: English

Technical Attributes

Format: 16mm
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version
Running time (minutes): 116
Color: color
Sound: Optical track
Aspect ratio: 1:1,33
Frames per second: 24
Length in metres: 1267
Weight: 5.8
Number of reels: 2