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Barbed Wire Love 4: The Garden of Eden is a cul de sac

26 March


GSFF 2021 Online

Barbed Wire Love 4: The Garden of Eden is a cul de sac streams live at 11.30 on Friday 26 March. It is a free event - just follow this link and enter the code GSFF21G4rd3n in the box at the bottom of the page.

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A talk by filmmaker Simon Aeppli.

With a stop off in Eden, Co. Antrim, Simon Aeppli leads us on a wander through a tactile and reflective decade-long filmmaking practice that suggests artist John Smith’s maxim that “If you look hard enough all meanings can be found or produced close to home”.

Employing personal and subjective forms of documentary, Simon’s filmmaking manifests itself through a hybrid of photography, note-taking and chance encounters. He uses his experience of walking and scrapbooking to let the street seep into his subconscious and allows place to become a tactile entity within the work.

Simon will share his process which begins with knocking on strangers’ doors, gathering anecdotes and weaving together an oral fiction which pivots around landscape. Eden here is a place that shifts through the spaces in between village gossip and myth. The characters in Simon’s films are eccentric and thoughtful, they share their stories with this curious neighbour, wistful and willing, feeling the generosity of his attentive lens.

The films salvage lost legends and offer snapshots of the extraordinary found on almost any doorstep or within any personal history. This screening and talk will give Simon’s perspective on filmmaking around place and memory that incorporates a particularly wry Northern Irish accent and a generous filmic voice.

Formally this event will share strategies for finding stories, ways to create an embedded research process in order to craft a film, and how to consider an edit and tone when creating a world of texture enriched by sound design.

Personally, it will allow us to reflect on the rich joy of engaging with our neighbours and surroundings.

You will have the opportunity to put your questions to Simon via Twitter to @glasgowshort or by emailing

Live captions are available.

Free to view! Follow the link in the pink box above and enter code GSFF21G4rd3n at the bottom of the page. 

  • Duration 1h
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