Fleeting Flights was shown at Home, Manchester from the 25th January 6pm - 9pm
The exhibition will then ran from the 26th to the 17th March 2019.
Fleeting Flights was supported by Arts Council England and Produced and Curated by Mark Devereux Projects and Home (Bren O Callaghan)
Dedicated to Derek Challinor.
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Fleeting Flights was a major new solo exhibition staged at Home in Manchester. It featured Bethell's first experimental film along side new sculpture and photographs taken directly from the film. The film follows the story of a man's struggle to escape from his own self-induced purgatory. Taking place in an isolated woodland, the story follows the protagonist's futile attempts to escape his ramshackle shack via a wooden balloon.
The open ended story explores the frugality of the material in use, the quirky reasoning behind the ideas and the man's own foiled attempts all come into play. The is dark under tones relating to mans state that is conveyed through his contraptions and his own actions. This is combined with humorous moments.
Below Photographs from Home, by Lee Baxter
Extract from Script
"A man opens the front door of his shack in a woodland clearing. He puts his face to the opening and looks around. He closes the door. Littering the ground outside is a collection of contraptions made from timber. Poking through the top of the shack is a wooden balloon..."
Above photographs by Glen Stoker
Below: photographs by Luke Hodgkins
The Team for Fleeting Flights: Director: David Bethell, Script: David Bethell Edited by Len Horsey
Produced by Home and Bren O Callaghan and Mark Devereux Projects
The Cast: Garf Rees Walls as The Man and Ben Gilbert as The Balloon/Crew Member
The Crew: Director of Photography and Colour Editor John Grey, First Assistant and Lightening Judith Chan, Sound by Andrew Layfield, Costume and Makeup Amanda Hennessy. Set design by David Bethell and Assisted by Stuart Porter, Gilbert Rooke.
Documented by Glen Stoker and Luke Hodgkins