2020 | 00:16:05 | United Kingdom | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Architecture, City, European Film/Video, Health, State, The

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Filmed from the artist’s window during lockdown, Citadel combines short fragments from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speeches relating to coronavirus with views of the London skyline recorded in a variety of weather conditions. Recognizing the government’s decision to place business interests before public health, it relocates the centre of power from Parliament to the financial district of the City of London. Shifting its focus from the city’s gleaming skyscrapers to the inhabitants of the dense urban housing that lies in their shadow, Citadel contrasts faceless corporate power with the particularities of individual lives.

John Smith, concept and all technical roles

Commissioned by Steirischer Herbst ’20, Graz, Austria



Steirischer Herbst

Exhibitions + Festivals

Steirischer Herbst, Austria

Cinema du Reel, Paris

Vila do Conde, Portugal

Short Film Festival Hamburg

Glasgow Short Film Festival

Onion City, Chicago

Message to Man, St Petersburg


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