CIRCUIT TV presents: M D Brown - 3 short films
Still from Falling Out (2004) M D Brown
Between 2000-2004 MD Brown made three short films inspired by the stream of consciousness technique of modernist European writers including James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Each film featured the voice of a lone male, ruminating on late night memories of murky events and personal relationships whose character has been shaped by the passage of time. Using a visual technique of fleeting images interrupted by black, Brown sought to evoke the nature of memory as a subjective series of affective images flickering across the mind's eye.
Below are all three films in reverse chronological order, preceded by a 2020 conversation between M D Brown and Mark Williams. The film-maker discusses the literary inspiration for the films; "How could I translate this into the medium of film? How do you juxtapose it with images? How do we make it work in a filmic sense?"; the use of the New Zealand vernacular; violence as a dramatic device and working with actors.