by David RIMMER
1992 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 35' 00

The title came from my life as a sailor. When you sail on the coast here you have to be very careful about rocks and currents, always consulting the charts. “Keep the little rock to the left as you veer towards the shore … ” But sometimes when you arrive at a small harbour the passage is too complex to describe in a book, so they say instead, “In order to enter this harbour local knowledge is required.” This knowing comes from the people who live there. The film is about the knowledge one has about the place one inhabits. It begins in Storm Bay, where I spend my summers, then moves out into the world, and eventually returns. The ocean is a strong image in the film; I shot from the boat, allowing the winds and tides to transport the view. Women emerge from the water in found-footage moments, women as muses and sirens. The centre of the film is a jog around a large ten-foot rock on a mud flat. As I circled the rock the camera was always pointing towards the rock’s centre, recalling the Muslim pilgrimage to the great rock of Mecca. This circling achieves a kind of peace.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 118,00 €