FEMALE DIARY STRAND
Mia Engelberg – Belville Baby (2013)
Marilu Mallet – Unfinished Diary (1986)
Ann Charlotte Robinson – Five Year Diary (1982/86) TBC
Diary keeping has often been a way that we can take stock of our lives and gain some sense of who we are and where we are situated. Writing it down on paper can be therapeutic and self-revelatory, and, as a means of expression, it has often been taken up as an activity by women. In some ways then, the diary form can give an access to a kind of low-key autobiographical musing and this form, with its private intimacies, has also been taken up and made public by women filmmakers. Such acts of authored daring are not unknown in the documentary film world (as Ross McElwee made apparent at last years festival) but this year Otherfield has chosen to screen several films that make this ‘public intimacy’ of the diary form a central feature. Mia Engelberg’s Belville Baby (2013) documents the emotional effects of stepping back into a past relationship whilst Marilu Mallet’s Unfinished Diary (1986) explores the often isolating costs of the émigré life. In the case of Ann Charlotte Robertson’s Five Year Diary (1982/96) we touch upon the issues of mental health again and feature some of her short layered films in which she comments poetically and frankly upon her archive of footage as she re-screens them in the ‘now’. All in all, this strand intensifies the autobiographical and ‘subjective’ approaches to filmmaking to a point where the subject is nothing more nor less than the nature of human vulnerability.