Laughter Far Away
De Ewan Golder film 2016, 27min
The film follows Colin, a disillusioned young man, alcoholic, destroyed, vulnerable and practically mute. Colin wanders an eerie and desolate landscape, a surreal netherworld, on the last day of his life. Three local men have lost their mobile phone which somehow has ended up in Colin’s pocket. We hear the voice mail messages which build up a picture of small town life and also seems to build up to an imminent drug deal which seems to be leading to a violent confrontation. He is haunted by a spectre, a strange phantom, a personification of darkness, oblivion, of alcohol, and the spirit of the landscape, who seems to be pulling the strings of Colin’s doomed destiny. Colin’s hallucinations will culminate in an in intense spiritual experience and Colin’s subconscious netherworld will violently bursts into reality.
Dungeness and the Romney Marsh on the South East Coast of England will be the setting for this nether world, a shingle drift technically classed as a desert. Ewan grew up in this landscape and returns to explore a world that is at once mentally confining and yet physically vast.
A hybrid film using a narrative, spiritual music, strange hallucinations and projections to poetically represent the state of mind, the visions and the spiritual journey of the main character.
Laughter Far Away is an immersive, hypnotic journey into the surreal drunken nether world of a young, emotionally scarred man desperately seeking oblivion, at the edge of the world, the edge of life.
All Saints Church Lydd & Reverend Sarah Williams Benefice
Mr Paul Salt and the staff of New Romney Caravan Park
Fairfield Church Brookland, Reverend Shunabody
M & M Richardson Fish, Dungeness, Griggs Of Hythe
Kent Film Office, Owen Leyshon; Howard Bates
Andy & Cathy of The Lime Bar, Folkestone
Carol Grimes’Community Womens Chior
Sharon McCarron, Hannah Heath-Hall, Alexandru Petru Bădeliţă
Matt Rowe, Valerie Golder, South East Media UK
The Quaterhouse Folkestone
Madeleine Van Doren, Daniel Dobbels
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