Title: Cobra Mist
Directed by Emily Richardson
Produced with Animate Projects for Channel 4
Camera: John Adderley
Sound recordist: Chris Watson
Composer: Benedict Drew
Format: digital transfer from16mm anamorphic
Language: without words
Production date: 2008
Production country: UK
Cobra Mist captures the enigmatic atmosphere of an abandoned military site. It explores the relationship between the landscape of Orford Ness and the traces of its unusual military history, particularly the experiments in radar and the extraordinary architecture of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment. The place has a sinister atmosphere, which the architecture itself begins to reveal and the sense of foreboding is accentuated through the film’s soundtrack.
Emily Richardson is a UK based artist filmmaker who creates film portraits of particular places. Her work focuses on sites in transition and covers an extraordinarily diverse range of landscapes including empty London East End streets, forests, North Sea oil fields, post-war tower blocks, empty cinemas and Cold War military facilities.
Richardson’s films have been shown in galleries, museums and festivals internationally including Tulca 2012, Ireland; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Firstsite, Colchester; Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; Botkyrka Konsthall Sweden; The Wapping Project, London; Artprojx Cinema at the Armory Show, New York; FACT Liverpool; Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London; Danielle Arnaud, London; Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Uppsala Museum, Sweden and Venice, Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam and New York Film Festivals.
She was awarded the Gilles Dusein Prize, Paris 2009 in recognition of her films. Her work is distributed by LUX, London.