Rent The Whalebone Box (2019)

2.7 of 5 from 60 ratings
1h 23min
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Synopsis:
A whalebone box found washed up on the shore. Is it an enigmatic object containing a secret? A survivor from a shipwreck? It was given to Iain Sinclair, Kötting's walking companion on his latest jaunt themed film. They set out on an expedition to take this box to its place of origin, a beach on the Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Artist Eden Kötting helps shape the film, and in many ways it's an ode to her indomitable spirit. Shot using mainly super 8 and super 8 apps and incorporating elements of archive and pinhole photography, 'The Whalebone Box' celebrates the notion of the home-made but is also an idiosyncratic road map.
Actors:
, , , , Philip Hoare, Dr Helen Paris, Kyunwai So, Ceylan Unal, Steve Dilworth, , , Simon Barker,
Directors:
Producers:
Andrew Kotting
Genres:
British Films, Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
83 minutes
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/06/2021
Run Time:
83 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour and B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Bonus:
  • Elements of the Box: Short Films and Miscellanea - Because the Rest is Silence (2019, 14 mins), In Far Away Land (2019, 6 mins), What Can You See? (2019, 3 mins), The Roof Is My Eyes (2019, 2 mins), Hand Me Down (2017, 5 mins), A Walk Back to the Last London by Way of Watling Street (2017, 18 mins)
  • Related Shorts - Acrophobia (2014, 2 mins), Rock 'n' Roll Station (2020, 5 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of The Whalebone Box

Expanding the boundaries of film - The Whalebone Box review by TE

Spoiler Alert
24/08/2021

The combination of Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair places this film very much within the psycho-geographic movement, and the resulting movie has the merits and de-merits of that genre.

On the positive side, the journey towards the Isle of Harris is the crucial aspect, and it is a trip full of memorable images and Kotting's trademark playful raiding of an apparently random array of cultural connections. The best sections are those which combine visual and aural collages to conjure up a teasing mystery about the whalebone box.

On the down side, too many passages are clearly of personal significance to the team behind the film, without the essential element of letting us in on the relevance.

Overall however, this is an intriguing film-poem that succeeds in telling a fine, pseudo-mythic tale.

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