Aroview: A meditative, immersive film from David Reeve and 'Tindersticks' frontman Stuart A. Staples that tributes the astonishing work of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith, who worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing micro-photographic techniques to capture nature's secrets in action.
An interpretative edit that combines original footage with a new contemporary score to create an alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses and saw these micro-worlds for the first time. Features a new score by Tindersticks with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott.
A selection of films from F. Percy Smith (and his colleague, Mary Field):
The Birth of a Flower (1910, 8 mins), The Strength and Agility of Insects (1911, 6 mins), The Wonders of Harmonic Designing (1913, 3 mins), Plants of the Underworld (1930, 11 mins), Nature's Double Lifers Ferns and Fronds (1932, 10 mins), He Would a Wooing Go (1936, 8 mins), Lupins (1936, 10 mins), The Life Cycle of the Newt (1942, 10 mins)