Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel, 2012)

Monday 1 June, 16.00-18.00
Silverstone 309, University of Sussex

In the treacherous waters where Herman Melville’s whale ship gave chase to Moby-Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot with an array of miniature cameras passed from fishermen to filmmakers on a ground fish trawler in the dark North American Sea, the award-winning film by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor is an immersive and provocative study of labour. Equally addressing the conventions of documentary practice and the political and ecological issues of the fishing industry, the film gives free reign to the perspectives of both fishermen and their catch. Produced under the auspices of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, the film explodes traditions of anthropology, seafaring myths and the sensory potential of cinema, to capture the power and awesome beauty of the ocean.