Dir. Marc Isaacs - 7min - 2017 - UK
Sisters unfolds in the single setting of a pub during one night. I actually shot Sisters in 2004 but it wasn’t edited until 2017. Over the years I thought many times about editing the material but, due to other commissioned film work taking priority, the film was always put on the back burner. A student I was tutoring from the National Film and Television School had initially told me about the sisters, and one evening in 2004 a small group of us went to the pub they frequented in London’s St John’s Wood.
We filmed them for about three hours. I set myself the task of trying to express as much as possible without words and explanation, using as few shots as possible. The sisters expected me to ask questions but the questions never came. This method created an interesting tension, which I think you can sense on screen. Whilst editing the material, I was interested in how far I could push the silences and the sense of ‘nothing happening’ in the hope that viewers would experience their own sense of time unfolding and be stimulated to wonder about the lives of the sisters, with the minimum of direction from myself.