‘Unfed’ is a 6-minute experimental poetic dance film. It was the first of many works Jason Lam and I collaborated on after we met at the residency Time_Place_Space_4 way back in 2005. A finalist in the Zebra Poetry Film Awards in Berlin in 2006 it has continued to feature on television and in festivals around the world ever since, most recently in 2013 at Poetas por Km² at the Conde Dunque in Madrid and at the ZEBRA screening at Art Printing Works in Kuala Lumpur, Dec 2014.
The film’s name is drawn from a George Eliot quote: “the painful eagerness of unfed hope” and the work explores aspects of loneliness and alienation. Through textual, spatial and temporal fractures, Unfed physically and imaginatively evokes the hidden, inner landscape of our longing for connection, meaning and love.
‘What Remains’ was screened at the 2008 Zebra Poetry Film Awards and featured on Moving Poems in 2011.
The work explores the uneasy zone between pleasure and pain, love and possession, connection and abandonment. We open up and another infiltrates virus-like, gets beneath our skin, modifies our form, redirects our blood stream.
The text is part of a larger poetic work called Owen’s Waiting and was originally conceived as a dialogue between two male characters, reframed here for the screen by Lam.