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Short Film, Lots Of History

Patrick Hough’s new film manages to squeezes 300 million years of history into half an hour. Yep.

The film, ‘The Black River of Herself’, brings to life a fictional Irish Bog Body – an ancient corpse that has been preserved over thousands of years in Ireland’s peat bog lands. Scripted by novelist Daisy Hildyard, the film is an allegory of human-induced planetary change and traverses 300 million years of history across three sequences, during which the figure of The Bog Body returns to the surface of a world on the brink of ecological collapse. Brought to life through an innovative mix of puppetry effects and animatronics, The Bog Body urges its human discoverers to open their eyes and learn from the many worlds that have gone before – or face inevitable extinction. Forget Avengers Assemble. The Bog Body is in a different league to Iron Man et al. GM

The Black River of Herself, until 9 January, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.