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Amaeru Fallout 1972

Sarah Miles
1997
10 mins B/W & Colour Beta SP/super 8

Amaeru Fallout 1972

Amaeru Fallout 1972 is a dreamlike narrative of transience and separation, an ode to homesickness through place and time.

Two Japanese girls appear in the West Country in a radio transmitter field above Eggardon fort; they go to school in Lyme Regis; they sleep in the same bed; they explore the town; they make things; they read The Family ,a book about Charles Manson; they separate. Includes P.J. Harvey performing a specially composed version of the Three Degrees When will I see you again.
Videonale 8 catalogue.

Amaeru (v) the attempt to draw close depend and belong.
('The Anatomy of Dependence', Takeo Doi: The key analysis of Japanese behaviour)

Inspired by a co-incidence of Japanese influences, I returned to the places of my childhood with the artists Natsume Shiroyama and Yukiko Ono and filmed what happened. Japan's concerns with past traumas and impenetrable surfaces at once concealing and constricting seemed appropriate to my own memories of growing up as an outsider in Dorset in the late sixties at that time a closed and isolated place. The film is dedicated to my maternal grandmother who died suddenly in 1972. I was told she had a beautiful singing voice. 'When will I see you again' was my favorite pop song of that year. The sweet yearnings of pop are harmonised as redemptive by Polly Jean Harvey in her cover version composed for the film.

'We are all extraterrestrials suffering for want of home and love.' Julia Kristeva

In collaboration with Japanese artists Natsume Shiroyama and Yukiko Ono and featuring Polly Jean Harvey.
Camera: Nick Gordon Smith
Stills: John and Ed Miles
Commission: City of Westminster Council/ACE

Premiere: Installation exhibition at North Westminster Community School Studio Theatre, London.

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