18 May 2017, 17OPEN, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, UK
“Without even being conscious of it, we all, effectively, stop living like we’re supposed to live. Really. Y’know, you take for granted that there’s next summer, or there’s next year, or… you take it for granted that that time is yours…”
Mandy is 50 years old. She lives in York, has two children and four dogs. Mandy also has terminal lung cancer.
Winter. is a delicate portrait of Mandy King-Holmes, made by filmmakers Rachel Davies and Daniel Saul, when Mandy was in the last months of her life. The film – created in widescreen triptych form – approaches the ways in which Mandy’s knowledge of time running out affects how she deals with the everyday, impacts upon her plans for the future and her reflection on her own history.
Winter. was premiered at Easter 2016 as part of Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring., Quarantine’s extraordinary quartet of performance and film about our relationship with time.
Rachel Davies’ work includes The Assembly, a film installation about The Manchester Girls Choir which commissioned by the first Manchester International Festival in 2007. Rachel’s short dance film Gold (2004) won the IMZ Dance Screen Grand Prix in 2006.
Daniel Saul is a filmmaker whose work is rooted in painting and animation. He has also worked as a documentary filmmaker, exhibition curator, theatre maker and leader of large-scale community arts projects. His work is generally concerned with biography and working across art-forms.
The score for Winter. is composed by Graeme Miller. Emerging from the bold and influential stage work of Impact Theatre Co-operative in the 1980s, Graeme’s compositions include internationally acclaimed theatre, dance, installations and interventions.
5 March 2017 | Take Me Somewhere, Glasgow, UK
9-19 February 2017 | In Between Time, Bristol, UK
24 & 26 March, 2& 3 April 2016 | Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK
Winter. is a film about Mandy King-Holmes
Concept and direction: Richard Gregory
Film-makers: Rachel Davies & Daniel Saul
Director of photography: Vron Harris
Sound and music composition: Graeme Miller
Production support: Lisa Mattocks, Steph Walker, Greg Akehurst
Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. was co-commissioned by Compass Live Art, Contact, Dublin Theatre Festival, HOME, Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, In Between Time, Lancaster Arts, National Theatre Wales, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Northern Stage and SICK! Festival. Supported through NXT STP.
Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. has received an Arts Council England Exceptional Award and is supported by The Wellcome Trust.