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IVO IS FULL

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STATEMENT

A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE ABOUT AN ANOREXIC BOY AND A MOTHER’S FAILURE TO FEED HIM.

Ivo prefers not to talk. Ivo prefers not to eat. Ten-year-old Ivo, on the edge of impending adolescence, does not want to grow. Carol Mavor and Megan Powell’s black-and-white film is a cine-poem, chock-full of still and moving imagery: cocoons, sprouting mushrooms, butterflies feeding with their coiled tongues, a field planted with two hospital beds, an empty nest being torn in two, a bowl of over-spilling milk, a mother, a father and a boy. With the combined sensibility of Chris Marker’s haunting La Jetée and Francesca Woodman’s sensual photographs, the viewer is taken through the drama and terror of a boy’s anorexia.



 

FILMOGRAPHY

FULL
A Moving Image Portrait
by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell

Story and Narration: Carol Mavor
Editing and Camera: Megan Powell

Ivo: Ronan McAuliffe
Francesca: Carol Mavor
Virgil: Damian Callaghan

Additional Visuals: Neil Bromhall, Amy Ruth Buchanan, Alison Criddle,
Andrew Hardman, Annette Messager and Victor Schrager.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

 



 

 



 

TECHNICAL INFO

Title: FULL
Duration: 39 minutes
Origination: Digital Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Analogue Stills with 5×4 and Square Format Cameras
Format: Digital, Black and White
Release Date: 2015

 



 

TESTIMONIAL

Carol Mavor’s lyrical narrative fits the film essay genre like a glove. Megan Powell’s stills and close-ups hold the viewer in a tight embrace, evoking an anxious proximity to the mother’s body. The symptomatic consequences of that fullness are felt not only by the child, who refuses to eat, but also by the narrator herself, who is reticent to relinquish the maternal femininity that brings her own mother closer in “being like her.” FULL maneuvers skillfully through this space– close, still, tight, too full of meaning, and then with a single gesture, at the end of the film, lets go, leaving the viewer with a palpable sense of relief and a quiet place for reflection on a remarkable journey.

– Mary Kelly

 



 

SCREENINGS

FULL premiered in the UK at The Whitworth, Manchester (February 2015) and has been screened at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, and Tate Liverpool, with further engagements underway.

Upcoming Screenings:

12 September, 2016
Freud Museum London
with Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and writer
6 pm: (optional) screening (39 mins), 7-8:30 pm: discussion
£12/£8 concessions and Friends of the Museum
Advance booking here. Booking highly recommended.

Past Screenings:

2 November, 2015
Screening and Discussion by Carol Mavor.
As part of Firstsite: Contemporary Visual Arts in Colchester
For further information contact: Amy Turnbull, amyt@firstsite.uk.net

6 November, 2015
‘FULL: A Film for Visualising the Materiality of Voice’
Screening and Discussion by Carol Mavor
A Keynote for New Voices 2015: Image Matter: Art and Materiality MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
More details.

11 November, 2015
Screening and Discussion by Carol Mavor of a cine-poem entitled FULL: a hybrid and experimental form.
Creative Writing at University of Glasgow
English Literature / School of Critical Studies
University of Glasgow 
Room 101, 5 University Gardens.
Glasgow, G12 8QH
For further information contact: Elizabeth.Reeder@glasgow.ac.uk

19 November, 2015
Screening and Discussion by Carol Mavor
For the European Centre for Photography Research
University of South Wales
For further information contact: mark.durden@southwales.ac.uk

22 December, 2015
Screening of the trailer for FULL, along with a discussion by Carol Mavor.
Hackney Picturehouse, London
Part of PoetryFilm Paradox, London, themed around LOVE: www.poetryfilm.org BFI LOVE

21 February, 2016
NES, Fjörubraut 8, 545 Skagaströnd Iceland
Screening of clips from FULL along with other artworks.
Part of PoetryFilm Paradox

 



 

DOWNLOAD

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