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Your work is often grounded through the words of female writers and thinkers such as Rebecca Solnit, Arundhati Roy and Valarie Kaur. Who inspired your first film ‘A year of Dark Shadows’ and why?

EMMA TALBOT:

A Year of Dark Shadows was inspired by all kinds of information about instability from around the world in the news every day. During the pandemic I began to listen to lots of online discussions about how our future could be shaped and reimagined. It was interesting that many of these challenging and hopeful discourses were coming from women such as (Valerie Kaur, Rebecca Solnit and) Arundhati Roy, who wrote ‘The Pandemic is a Portal’. Roy’s essay describes capitalism as a train wreck - we can either try to assess it, examine it’s parts and decide whether we want to help fix what is broken or ‘look for a better engine’*. It’s the idea of a portal to a different, more caring, responsible future that seems visionary to me.