The Sea is an Edge and an Ending

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Watch poet Lavinia Greenlaw’s film about dementia and the disappearance into the present tense.

The Sea is an Edge and an Ending is a short film written and directed by poet Lavinia Greenlaw, investigating what it means to lose your memory and disappear into the present tense. Its framework is a sequence she wrote about her father’s death from Alzheimer’s.

The film focuses on what it means for your sense of self to come loose and for the past to float free. It carries echoes of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in its study of a man under a kind of spell, whose child must observe his strange and terrifying liberation.

The film moves from the shifting coastal landscape of the east of England, a geography central to Greenlaw’s life and work, to eroded interiors containing only the bare structures and reduced emblems of this man’s life.

The Sea is an Edge and an Ending is Greenlaw’s first film and extends the practice she developed in her award-winning sound work, Audio Obscura.

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


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Dates & Times
Saturday 21 January: 12.35, 2.05pm, 3.35pm, 5.15pm
Sunday 22 January: 1.05pm, 2.35pm, 4.05pm, 5.45pm

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The screenings on Saturday 21 at 5.15pm and Sunday 22 at 5.45pm are preceded by a talk by the artist Lavinia Greenlaw.

This event is included in the Saturday, Sunday and Weekend Passes, and is part of The Search for the Meaning of Life Weekend.