Like most things connected with this project, chance plays a large part. Enter Arild Tveito – a Norwegian artist who has spent five months in residence at the CCA, Glasgow. A couple of weeks ago Arild contacted me to ask if I would screen The Devil’s Plantation to accompany the launch of his publication, Elucidations. This will take place on Friday June 20th – which also happens to be my wedding anniversary.
Arild told me he had caught the film by chance on Vimeo and it lingered with him so long that he’s since taken several trips to locations shown in the film in the company of his partner and son. We met to talk about our work, about the nature of chance and the perceptions we have of place – me a native, he a tourist.
Recently I had a rant on Facebook about why the Southside Film Festival chose to ignore the film when I offered it to them last October – and they accepted. Ditto the Glad Cafe, who approached me back in February but then went silent. Why, I wonder, is it so hard to reach audiences with a homegrown film which judging by the positive response it received, is worth showing? Still, it was gratifying when several people contacted me to say they would help me with a screening on the southside. It may still happen.
That it takes a Norwegian sculptor to obtain an outing of a Glasgow film at a Glasgow venue is maybe surprising, but who am I to question? Sometimes it takes a tourist to notice what’s under the native’s noses. I’m just delighted that the CCA is facilitating the event – a rare chance for anyone who wants to see the film – for free. So if you can, come along – and bring your friends.