Fall, River, Snow


12 mins, Super8 transferred to DVD
Projected across the lake at Compton Verney, UK

Premiered at Compton Verney, Rideal’s film was shot on Super 8, in January 2006 in Canada at Niagara, Burleigh Falls and Big Cedar, the film is a conscious meditation on the beauty of the natural world. The water is cold, the snow packed firm on the land, the lake frozen, but cascades continue in Niagara, an endless thunder of unrestrained power. The film tracks the wheeling gulls in the spume, captures the banded rainbow, stalks the camouflaged deer, gazes at the snow laden branches, watches the river run – steam coming off it in wave linked puffs. Not Wonderland but wonderful landscape, enigmatic and pure as driven snow.