United Kingdom – 2019
Video – duration 18 min
Laki Haze (2020) Following the eruption of the Lakakigar volcano, Iceland in 1783, a sulphurous haze shrouded vaste swathes of the northern hemisphere, causing widespread crop failures, consequent famine and disease across Europe, parts of America, North Africa, and India. It is estimated to have killed millions of people. Using first-hand accounts from Iceland and from across Europe. The film continues Raban’s recent research into the use of the long single take and revisits his preoccupations with landscape film from the early 1970s.
William Raban― Artist
Born 1948, Fakenham. BA painting, Saint Martins School of Art 1971; MA (Fine Art) Reading University 1974. Manager of London Filmmakers Co-op Workshop 1972-6. Published bi-monthly Filmmakers’ Europe 1977-81. Member of editorial board Vertigo film journal 1995-2008. Part-time senior lecturer in Film at Saint Martin’s School of Art 1976-89. Emeritus Professor in Film at University of the Arts, London.