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Skinningrove2013

  • 3.8
In this intimate and moving film, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Almereyda probes photographer Chris Kilip's memory of a small isolated fishing village, SKINNINGROVE, in Northern England. Killip, a renowned photographer whose work has been exhibited around the world, made several trips to SKINNINGROVE in the 1980s to take portraits of the town and its fishing community. These are striking black & white photographs of teenagers loafing about, children on the beach and fishermen at work in their boats. A brilliant, lucid work, SKINNINGROVE affords Killip the opportunity to look back on his photographs nearly thirty years later. His thoughtful reflections describe a distant way of life and examine a photographer’s relation to his subjects.

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This short film reminded me of the potential of the format--the simple premise of the photographer sitting in his office telling us about this unusual town and showing us pictures is intriguing. I thought it was great.

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This short film reminded me of the potential of the format--the simple premise of the photographer sitting in his office telling us about this unusual town and showing us pictures is intriguing. I thought it was great.

1 member likes this review
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The photographer said, halfway through the film, "I don't know what to do with thee pictures." Neither do I. I suspect that my poor hearing missed some of the threads that might have drawn it all together. I felt a bit misled by the introductory comment that the town was "hostile to outsiders", yet the photographer seems to have found acceptance over time. "Skinningrove" depicts a forlorn and gray existence, a view perhaps worth documenting , but I never picked up a reason why I should care.

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i like the photos i like the story behind it_i never could have stayed there to take the photos & know the people in them

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A narrated slideshow, an intimate portrait of a small fishing village in Northern England. Great photos of kids and teenagers.

Very interesting little village. Great photographs and commentary. I enjoyed this very much. Wish there were more.

Exquisite bleakness of a bleak place of birth and death. In its suffocating closeness to a never-ending sea. A sad beauty.

a photo album of a small town.

wonderful, absorbing and thoughtful, showing the photographers feelings about his subjects and the subjects unspoiled feelings about the moment..