UK, 2016, 77 mins
Hey Angels is a documentary. It is a fiction. It is a feature. It is a collection of short films. It is a multi screen installation. It is a collaboration. It is an auteurist self-exploration. Hey Angels is a work that takes the form of a dream, a memory, ever shifting, ever changing, with both its meaning and interpretation contorting and changing as often as its form.
Distant female voices recall memories of their time living in an isolated community in an unnamed valley in the Yorkshire moors. Full of mistakes, hesitation and faltering, and with little explanation as to the connections between each story, the narration allows the audience to construct the relationships between the stories and images they are presented with.
We listen to them in the midst of a series of constructed realities, self-contained memories, contrasting archive and staged footage, filmed on VHS, Super 8 and iPhones. Marked by loss, isolation and yet ultimately optimism, Hey Angels is a document of the inherent subjectivity in memories and storytelling, ultimately questioning whether differentiating between truth and subjectivity matters.
Hey Angels has screened, in part or in full, at: Aesthetica Film Festival, 2015 // An Overheard Map of Now, 2015 // Are You Lost Yet?, 2016 // I.MAKE.FILM Festival, 2016 // Brainchild Arts Festival, 2016 // South East Shorts, 2016 // Film Shortage, 2017 // BFI Future Film Festival, 2017 // Boston Short Film Festival, 2017 // hyper-HYBRID 2017 // I.MAKE.FILM Festival, 2017 // Brainchild Arts Festival, 2017
Follow the links for the teaser trailer, the trailer, the segments Letter to Memphis, The Colours & The Kids, Katie, Videotape and Bambi, a full length version of the film, a dual screen version in either single or double audio output, the original soundtrack, or echoes of the film in music videos for Katie Lou McCabe's tracks Lulla Bye and Juniper Tree.
starring: Yoshika Colwell, Amy Ellis, Charly McCabe, Katie Lou McCabe
writer, director, producer, editor: Sam Boulier
original score: Rounak Maiti, Nadine Carina, Jep, Owl.