Inertia: Marseille is my first time working in a gallery setting. The film was shown as part of the Metamorphosis Project in Smithfield Square, Dublin, from the 1st-6th February 2016.
A collaboration between myself and WWII historian, Catherine Bergin, the film is an infinitely looping series of imagined conversations between two escaped British POWs who are trapped in Marseille. The film attempts to convey the listlessness of the aimless comfortable life, one which to me, seems to have parallels today in our high-convenience lifestyles.
After the disaster that was the British engagement at Dunkirk during World War II, over 40,000 British soldiers were left trapped in Nazi-occupied France as prisoners of war. Having risked their lives to escape across France, they found themselves in Marseille, their last stop before freedom. However, many of these men found it hard to leave, seduced by the easy living in Marseille. And so they whiled away their days, forever intending to escape, but ultimately trading freedom for comfort…
Run Time: Infinite loop
Format: Colour; 4:3
Written & Directed: TOMMY FLAVIN
Starring: CONAL O’SHIEL; ROB EARLEY
Sound: KEVIN O’REGAN
Production Assistant: BEN O’BEIRNE
Camera & Edit: TOMMY FLAVIN
The popup gallery in Smithfield Square