Estuary films at Whitechapel Art Gallery



An acclaimed essay film-maker Jem Cohen and artist Eelyn Lee are both exploring the lives, locales and legends of the Thames Estuary.

Their new films were first shown at Estuary 2016 and now they are being premiered in London - at Whitechapel Art Gallery's From the Estuary event on 23 February.

Followed by a Q&A with Eelyn Lee and a performance by the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir.

Inspired by Shelly’s Frankenstein and set in the netherworld of the Thames Estuary, this new work by Eelyn Lee entitled CREATURE OF THE ESTUARY: Five Scenes of Fear evokes a creature made of fragments of fear. Made during a four week lab in locations along the Thames Estuary, Eelyn and her collaborators of artists, actors and local residents have re-imagined real stories of fear to create five scenes of fiction. Itself made of parts, the film is episodic in form: part montage; part essay; part travelogue; part fantasy; part requiem for the memories of a place.

Jem Cohen‘s new film project World Without End (no reported incidents) is primarily observational, based on forays around Southend-on-Sea and to Canvey Island. It is of streets, weathers, birds, and of course, water, mud, and sky. It is also of people: for this film he decided to do a series of almost random interviews, expecting that they might be used primarily as research to give him a deeper sense of the landscape. Instead, he was astonished by the subjects – the musicality of their speech, the depths and specificity of their knowledge.

In advance of their weekend festival at Wilton’s Music Hall, The Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir will both sing live and also show a short film about their work and music.

In association with Metal and the Estuary Festival.


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