Soon after graduating in Fine Art from Bath Academy of Art in 1983 Andrew Cross established a successful career as a gallery curator. He began producing his own work around the year 2000. The first publication of his photographs was Some Trains in America in 2002. His first moving image work was short-listed for the Beck’s Futures prize 2004. Subsequent projects include An English Journey 2004. Passage 2006 (marking the opening of St Pancras International and HS1) The Solo (featuring the music of Carl Palmer) 2010, Mogadishu - Lost Moderns 2013 (in collaboration with architect Rashid Ali) and Being There… 2014 (commissioned by the National Railway Museum, York).
Through simple sustained observation, this silent film takes a visual slice through the estuary and its relationship to a wider economic and cultural history. Montaging the activities of the Royal Opera House’s production studios at High House, Purfleet with the workings of the river around the Port of Tilbury, the work reflects on parallels that give underlying character to the area. Within the continuous flow of movement the film highlights moments of precision and craft shared in the traditions of the maritime and the arts.