19 November – 20 December 2021
Mattflix presents Aureole (2021) by Frances Scott.
Aureole is accompanied by a new essay, Winter is a planet by Dave Tompkins. Click here to read it now.
In meteorology, the aureole is an atmospheric, optical phenomenon; the visible inner disc of a corona, produced by the diffraction of light from the sun or the moon, bright starlight or planet-light.
Aureole brings together unused celestial images from Scott’s earlier film, Diviner (2017), with vocoder-readings from Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), scored by Chu-Li Shewring’s remix of the House track ‘Brighter Days’ (1992) by Cajmere featuring Dajae. Aureole is a transition between a ‘lost’ chapter from Diviner and Wendy (2022, forthcoming), a film fan-letter to composer Wendy Carlos, whose many interests include solar eclipse photography. Accelerating to a euphoric end, the film is the duration of the longest total solar eclipse, when the moon completely covers the sun.
“You will witness the day become near-night, like the deepest twilight. Sunset colors bathe the full horizon, while a gaping black hole gazes down at you from the inky sky, eye-like and surreal, surrounded by the solar corona, a halo of pearly ephemeral light of delicate beauty. Each time the corona looks quite different, and like an old friend's face you'll recognize each in photographs.” Wendy Carlos
Single channel, 16mm film and betacam video transferred to digital, colour, stereo
Edit Frances Scott
Sound Chu-Li Shewring
Voice Michael Curran, reading Ursula K. Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
Music Chu-Li Shewring, vocoder mix of Cajmere featuring Dajae, Brighter Days (1992)
Film Footage from South West Film & Television Archive, sourced for Diviner (2017), a film commission with SWFTA and Peninsula Arts, Plymouth
Thanks Beth Bramich, Al Cocks, Phil Coy, Joyce Cronin, Michael Curran, Tim Dixon, Stine Hebert, Mat Jenner, Robin Kirkham, Robin Klassnik, Chu-Li Shewring, Dave Tompkins
Frances Scott’s films are distributed by LUX