Seasons is a series of four short films that I made and curated for cinema release in independent cinemas across the region. I was commissioned to make this series by the regional screen agency with 'DFAF' funding. This was a very ambitious project - my approach was to attempt to create a narrative from the thousands of films held at a local film archive (the commissioning agents), and to weave this narrative over four films. This was a huge curatorial and creative project for me that gave me the opportunity to change the expectations of the archive sector and audiences and so I set out to redefine the creative possibilities of archive film. This project stands singularly (and internationally) as an exemplar of creativity in the sector.
I chose to use the seasons as the central concept in order to explore the notion of cyclical narrative in life cycles and nature - this approach gives the films a non-linear, timeless quality with no beginning or end and alludes formally to the turning of the film reel on the cinema projector.
The films have been regularly shown as 'featurettes' before main features such as "The Kings Speech", "Another Year" and "Oranges and Sunshine" at cinemas such as Sheffield Showroom, Pictureville at The National Media Museum Bradford and City Screen in York among others.
There's a real sense of occasion with these films - I really do hope you enjoy them - they are absolutely unique and a great achievement for me as a moving image artist to have possibly created a whole new film genre.
All films on this site were produced, directed and created by Ed Torsney unless otherwise stated - this is a portfolio website that hosts my work as a moving image artist and film maker and as such I retain copyright over all these moving image compositions. Please contact me if you wish to use any of my material.