On 14th July the remarkable British documentary Isolation will begin a limited theatrical run at Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK.
The film, which received a rapturous reception when it screened at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2009, deals with the scandalous statistic that a quarter of British ex-soldiers sleep rough after they return home. An impressionistic portrait of the emotional and physical aftermath of war, the film follows photographer and ex-soldier Stuart Griffiths as he travels across England uncovering the stories behind the military statistics. This bold documentary explores the personal demons and uncertain futures faced by soldiers leaving the army. Griffiths now photographs the 25% of British soldiers who find themselves on the streets after they leave active service.
Isolation eschews gritty realism, and goes for a dreamy and visually stunning aesthetic that is absolutely riveting. Griffiths is an engaging narrator and the people he interviews (including injured soldier Simon Brown in an astounding middle section) are honest and forthcoming.
Not about the morality of war and much more about the treatment of those who fight in our name, this is a vital and important documentary which has come from ultra-talented directors Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull and Director of Photography David Procter. Its style is quite unlike any documentary that you will have seen before: indeed, the mini-tour will see Seomore will perform the film's score live with musicians Michael Garrad and David Stephens.
If you’re able to make it the Picturehouse screenings, please go out and support truly independent and excellent UK filmmaking.
The dates of the tour are:
JULY 14th : GREENWICH PICTUREHOUSE
JULY 15th : SCREEN ON THE GREEN
JULY 17th : FACT LIVERPOOL
JULY 18th : TYNESIDE CINEMA NEWCASTLE
JULY 19th : HYDE PARK PICTUREHOUSE LEEDS
JULY 20th : YORK PICTUREHOUSE
JULY 21st : CAMBRIDGE PICTUREHOUSE
JULY 22th : OXFORD PICTUREHOUSE
JULY 27th : RITZY CINEMA BRIXTON
AUGUST 1st : BRIGHTON DUKE OF YORK’S
For more information and to buy tickets go to: Isolation Tickets