I Am (for the Birds)

Stephen Sutcliffe

IndieLisboa 2020 •

United Kingdom, Documentary, Experimental, 2019, 3′

In his desk at the Brynmor Jones Library, the poet Philip Larkin had a photograph of Guy The Gorilla, a famous attraction at the London Zoo. This Stephen Sutcliffe’s short collage is a meditation on work and how it can be a prison.

Guy was a London Zoo gorilla famous for his gentle disposition and for receiving sweets from visitors. Here, his inner life is perhaps more similar to that of a detective from a saxophone-soaked eighties noir, who comments vaguely on the human experience. A contrast capable of causing a smile on the stoniest of faces. (Ana Cabral Martins)