Category Archives: Film

Cat’s Cradle (2)

At the beginning of Stan Brakhage’s filmmaking career, he read all the writings of Sergei Eisenstein he could locate, and this dense montage film is one result. A record of an encounter between Brakhage, Jane, and their friends James Tenney … Read more

Mystery River

The very next morning, right after I finished patching together Out Along Lee, my post about walking the River Lea and the Lee Valley, I found this lovely and fascinating film by Michael Smith thanks to Caught By The River. … Read more

Learning To Listen

The premiere screening of Learning to Listen, a documentary experimental-music/sound-art film by Dan Linn-Pearl, at Café Oto, 4pm January 18th 2014, Free Entry (RSVP

100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers

I’d intended to post this video by Alonzo Mosley last November to celebrate two years of Frames Of Reference, but I forgot! It’s in the same spirit as the earlier Frames Of Reference video posted to mark our first birthday, … Read more

The Great Beauty

This is a trailer for my favourite film of 2013, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), a kind of modern day equivalent to Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, full of gorgeous and spectacular images together with a sublime soundtrack featuring … Read more


A lovely film by Myles O’Reilly of Reiseger/Fraanje/Sylla performing in the music department of Ludwig Beck in Munich. I’ve known Ernst Reijseger’s versatile cello improvising for many years, with Trio Clusone, Uri Caine, Tenore e Cuncordu de Orosei and Werner … Read more

The Moo Man

The Moo Man has appeared before on Frames of Reference but now there’s a proper trailer we couldn’t resist another look. In an attempt to save his family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting … Read more

The Man Who Planted Trees

Jean Giono wrote this classic tale in 1953. It tells of a shepherd’s singlehanded reforestation of a desolate valley near Digne-les-Bains in Provence by slowly and devotedly planting acorns. Many who first read it thought it a true story. The … Read more

Project Wild Thing

David Bond is concerned. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like … Read more

A Life In Colour

Andrew Walton reminded me of Margaret Mellis when he wrote Schwittering. It prompted me to go looking for more. I found this film about her at Culture Unplugged. I also found a letter she sent me in 1996 (in a … Read more