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Come As You Are

Steven Eastwood

11:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 515.07

The filmmaker wandered Momjan, a quiet Croatian hill town, transcribing as much as possible of what he could see and hear into a film script. This semi-psychotic act of film writing generated an extensive and diverse list of characters, including: a teenage girl in jeans sat on a white wooden chair, a boy on a bmx, an elderly woman sat on a porch with her hands over her face, workman number 4 who stands motionless holding onto a rope, and a female cook, blond with bright ginger highlights and a banshee laugh. An open casting session was held for an afternoon in and around the town hall. Local residents and visitors to Momjan turned up to audition for the part of themselves or someone else. In this film, which is a potential film and always and everywhere, people are variously good and bad at playing themselves. Casting is an opportunity to be other and to think of a town as a film. This is the barest beginnings of an impossible inventory, an always and everywhere Momjan as cinema.�

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