A journey along the River Thames, which by the end reaches a certain state of sweet madness.

STOP PLAY RECORD was a London wide commissioning programme for emerging filmmakers. The network was led by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in partnership with Chisenhale Gallery, DAZED, Kingston University, New Contemporaries and SPACE. Part of a joint initiative by Arts Council England and Channel 4.

The film is about a pilgrimage that took place by the River Thames. As part of this journey, Célia Hay and Anne Vimeux walked from the Thames’ spring to its mouth. They captured the isolation of living in a state of autarky, the gestures of their everyday routine as well as some rituals. A certain sens of loss emerges from this strange pilgrimage. As and when the walk progress, some odd silhouettes and events occur. The physical and mental effort of the walk leads to a dissolution of their bodies, which then re-appear as a kind of ghost. Eventually, as their journey ends by the sea, they reach a certain state of sweet madness.

Célia Hay graduated with an MA Photography degree from Central Saint Martins in 2016, and Anne Vimeux received a BA in Image Theory at the University of Paris 3 in 2013. Their collaboration started in 2014 while shooting Hay’s film Declivity (which was selected for the FID Marseille 2014, Marseille’s International Film Festival) and continued with The Last Gesture, Hay’s film for the Central Saint Martins’ Degree Show in 2016. In 2016, they directed their first film as a duo, Recording Machine. As this project initiated their most recent film made for STOP PLAY RECORD, some recurring patterns can be found in the two: a certain isolation, some mysterious rituals, and a search for intangible things.

Célia Hay and Anne Vimeux were born in Marseille, they live and work in London.


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