Hold the line

[Extract]

2016

07:15 mins

 

Shot on the Isle of Sheppey in the mouth of the Thames Estuary, Hold the line considers the relationship between the natural and man-made elements present within this particular landscape.

Focusing on the ruined lookout structures of the Chain Home Low Station at Warden Point, the film takes advantage of the accelerated erosion process happening along this area of coastline to draw attention to notions of permanence, power and control between the landscape and those that seek to occupy it. While our gaze is fixed on the horizon, the sea - almost hidden in it’s massiveness - expands relentlessly, absorbing and regurgitating, timeless and careless of personal and political boundaries. A defensive military structure that once stood on the cliff top only one hundred years ago now lies in the sea. Stripped of purpose, the structure becomes only form and material, a disruption to the horizon line, a surface for seaweed and barnacles to grow, brick to be ground into sand.