I want the audience to have a peaceful, poetic experience when watching Noirish Project. The film rejects the bombast of so much contemporary cinema, the bombast of content and style, the bombast that seeks to control what we think. I don’t want the film to dominate the viewer, so the style and content of Noirish Project are unflashy, basic and paired back – in short, humble. This allows the moments of gentle poetry to rise to the surface, and consequently viewers are free to observe and experience those moments if they so choose.
Noirish Project is innocent in that it refers to a sense of nostalgia for cinema’s past, a cinema that existed before the harsh, graphic violence we see today. However, Noirish Project does not specifically reference any particular films, but is driven by the vague memory of the vague feelings films from the past created, especially British films from the 40s and 50s.
I offer Noirish Project then, as a film humble in its aesthetics and innocent in its nostalgia for a lost era of cinema.
Noirish Project will be shown at WHS Teattri Union, Helsinki July 7th, 2016. Full details here.
If you’re unable to get to any of the screenings, Noirish Project is available online here.