steve hawley


artists’ film and video

1992 A Proposition is a Picture 23 min.

London Film Festival 1992. Australian Video Festival 1993. Broadcast BNV TV Spain 1994. National Film Theatre 1995. ICA 3rd Biennial of Film and Video 1995

'A Proposition is ...'is about the dislocation between words and images, filtered through an intense family history in which a son looks for clues to the whereabouts of his absent language-obsessed father, thereby creating new resonances for himself and the audience from fragments of Esperanto and the selection of chintzy touristic views. Ed Mayer's droll narration brings out the idiosyncratic intelligence of the piece, as it does with Hawley's just finished sequel '... Porlock'.
(Trevor Johnston, in NFT1 review)

A series of edited holiday films on Super 8, onto which has been embossed a narrative of a man searching for his lost father, a neurologist with an interest in artificial languages. Wittgenstein said whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent, but at the end of the day if you can’t say it you can’t whistle it, and that’s that.

Voiceover Ed Mayer

Images, words and music Steve Hawley

A Proposition is a Picture 1992