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Face to Face

Marking time on a face, a swift, bleak portrait of a man from cradle to grave.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1981 3 mins

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A performance in pastel, this swiftly drawn, ever-changing portrait with sound by South Shields animator Sheila Graber layers history and time on a face. From a cry at birth to chilling silence, the torrent of images remind us of our fate at an unsettling speed. Just ‘a brief flicker between two great silences’. Face to Face screened at the London Film Festival in 1983 and won a BBC Best Animation Award in 1984.