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This City is an Illusion: Ground under Girl, Part II (2019)
16mm
2:40.1
2019

This film is part II of The City is an Illusion series set in London.

Written and Directed by Jake and Daniel Astbury

The film features Helena Astbury, Jessica Johnson and Paul Roffman.

The film was shot in and around central London, UK, including: Baker Street, Marble Arch, Liverpool Street, The Barbican and Covent Garden.

The film is entirely shot on MiniDV using 1970's 2x Anamorphic lenses custom fitted to Sony DV cameras. The films limited budget of £2000 was spent on props, food, travel and payment for each of the actors.

Maya Deren's film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) and Chris Markers's La Jetée (1962) are the key inspirations for this film and its circular narrative of a young woman waking up from her dream of control and subjugation.