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Gill Eatherley
Her long break from film-making is only explained by reference to Eatherly's life.

Though continuing to write and draw, she chose to live in a remote part of the French countryside, bringing up her children outside the context of the modern industrial city. Her next film Like a Fox was made some fourteen years later in 1988 as a section of my own TV work Sketches for a Sensual Philosophy. Like a Fox was edited as a collaboration but the film was shot and the monologue written and spoken by Eatherley. It is a poetic not documentary chronicle of this decade or so of her life. Ultimately it reflects on the difficulties, if not impossibility, of stepping outside the mainstream of culture and the economics of consumerism. "The industrial society has paid us a visit we shall never forget" she narrates of the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl even reaching her remote sanctuary - and what can you do about it "...you can take the next train to Paris and back - I'm drinking gin and you can't come in".

Since making Like a Fox Eatherley has largely concentrated on drawing and painting but has recently shown a new long video work Caraibe. She says of this video that it is a work in progress. New material is being shot and the existing version re-edited. As the title suggests it is mainly shot in the Carribean.. Though Eatherley is a little less hidden and it is more overtly autobiographical than in her earlier work it continues many of the formal themes and devices first seen in Light Occupations. Many of its sequences are visually sumptuous - less restrained than before - but they still imply a presence through partial absence and the inability to possess a moment through its recording. They reflect Eatherley's priority for experience over possession and her continued restlessness as a person and artist.

Malcolm Le Grice is a filmmaker and writer. His seminal essays and texts are now collected in Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age (BFI Publishing, 2001). He is a featured LUXONLINE artist.

Malcolm Le Grice
Malcolm Le Grice is a filmmaker and writer. His seminal essays and texts are now collected in Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age (BFI Publishing, 2001). He is a featured LUXONLINE artist.
Still from Like a Fox by Gill Eatherley, 1988
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