Film

Tess Motherway is a filmmaker, visual artist and film curator from Dublin, Ireland based in Berlin, where her film work responds to themes of marginalisation, equality and social commentary and is influenced by filmmakers such as Kim Longinotto, Albert Maysles, Werner Herzog, Nick Broomfield, Steve James, Pat Collins & Sharon Whooley and Ken Wardrop. Tess’s work is heavily informed by her interest in 35mm and Polaroid photography, working in an array of different film media including digital and Super8 film.

In April 2017, Tess completed an artist residency at The Trelex Residency, Switzerland where she realised her short film ‘8’.  At present, Tess is collecting audio & film archive for a series of personal, experimental documentary films, learning Super8 film development & programming the next instalment of Dublin Doc Fest.

Filmography:

2017 – ‘Company B’ (Short Documentary)

13738254_1246879535322614_5771179403789785275_oStill from ‘Company B’ short documentary.

In Ireland, boys have long been a minority in dance. Company B is Ireland’s only contemporary dance company for young males, which objective is to create a unique space for self expression through dance and movement. In this short documentary, members reveal what it’s like for them to dance, how it feels and why they love it.

 

2017 – ‘8’ (Experimental Film)

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Still from ‘8’ short experimental film.

This piece was devised in solidarity with the ‘Repeal the Eighth’ campaign in Ireland that is fighting for Ireland’s abortion law to be brought to referendum. Abortion is illegal in Ireland, where the Eighth Amendment of the constitution equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus. In doing so, it criminalises abortion in all cases except where to continue a pregnancy would result in death. Medical practitioners can lose their licence, or face jail time, if they offer advice to women in need of abortions. Every day 12 women are forced to travel to the UK to have abortions and aftercare in Ireland is minimal for those who have to travel.

‘Éire’ – the Irish word for Ireland – symbolises that my body is not my own but, indeed, belongs to Ireland. Spread the word. Keep the conversation going. Repeal the Eighth.

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2016 – ‘What Was. What Is. What Will Be Pt2‘ (Experimental Documentary)

An unsettling soundscape confronts moving imagery of a carefree moment, warping our experience of what we see. Another space is created where time is extended, exaggerated. Amplified. Comprised of the only archive footage of the artist as a child, and heavily influenced by her interest in analogue photography, this ‘self-portrait’ challenges the act of looking on the past with nostalgia.

2016 – ‘What Was. What Is. What Will Be Pt1‘ (Experimental Documentary)

An unsettling soundscape confronts moving imagery of a carefree moment, warping our experience of what we see. Another space is created where time is extended, exaggerated. Amplified. Comprised of the only archive footage of the artist as a child, and heavily influenced by her interest in analogue photography, this ‘self-portrait’ challenges the act of looking on the past with nostalgia.


2015 – all_i_am’ (Experimental Documentary)


2014 – Two Sugars:  Intern Ireland (Short Documentary)

‘Two Sugars: Intern Ireland’ is a short documentary about interning in recessionary Ireland today. Jobbridge, or, The National Internship Scheme – a government training scheme aimed at retraining Ireland’s unemployed – is one of Ireland’s main responses to the unemployment crisis, but does it work? Are interns, and the Irish economy, benefiting from the scheme? Four interns tell their story….


2011 –  ‘City Skippers‘ (Short Documentary)

A short documentary about dumpster diving in Ireland and abroad.

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