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Patience (After Sebald) DVD

Grant Gee, 2010


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Film Details

Directed by Grant Gee

Produced in 2010

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

A genre-defying film essay that explores the work and influence of writer WG Sebald. It's a beautifully composed study of landscape, art, history, life and loss, says Graeme Hobbs.

A haunting, allusive film essay, Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald) develops the layered approaches of his acclaimed music documentaries such as Joy Division in a filmic analogue of the unclassifiable prose of the late German writer WG Sebald. As much as anything, Gee’s film is a study of place and places, specifically those in East Anglia that Sebald walked through in his book The Rings of Saturn, but more generally, places of dissolution and decay, beached émigré lives, curious coincidences, and, ever-present, man’s grievous inhumanity to man.

This beautifully composed film is one to listen to, not just for the deeply-felt contributions from commentators touched by his work – Andrew Motion, Marina Warner and Robert MacFarlane among them – but for its balance and careful modulation, with words and image haunted by a soundtrack of The Caretaker’s age-laden, dust-filled reworkings of themes from Schubert’s Winterreise.

In a final breath-catching moment, the shade of Sebald himself rises from the place of his death to put his seal on a film that encourages new readings of an author whose genre-defying brilliance is still being discovered.

Anonymous on 3rd April 2012
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Film Description

A multi-layered film essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss by the acclaimed documentary film-maker Grant Gee, Patience (After Sebald) is an exploration of the work and influence of German writer WG Sebald (1944 – 2001). The film takes a long walk through coastal East Anglia tracking his most well-known book, The Rings of Saturn, which mixed history, travelogue, memoir, meditation, fiction and images to explore the personal, public and often overlooked histories of Suffolk.

WG Sebald has profoundly influenced some of today's leading writers, thinkers and artists. Some of these - Adam Philips, Robert Macfarlane, Rick Moody and Tacita Dean among them - are interviewed for the film.

DVD Details

Certificate: 12

Publisher: Soda Pictures

Length: 86 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 23rd April 2012

Cat No: SODA162

DVD Extras

  • Ambient Visual Representation of the film scored by The Caretaker
  • Poster map by US novelist Rick Moody.

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by Nick Riddle on 13th March 2012

The writer WG Sebald was famously resistant to having his work categorised. Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald) uses this as a starting point for a leisurely retracing... Read on


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