Having discovered his family archive of super-8 home movies, artist James McColl has retraced the different parts of his grandmother’s life stitching together family holidays, gatherings and present day interviews.
He explores her coming to grips with deteriorating health, and her reflection upon life through these gathered memories. This is a celebratory film - there is joy in old age and Stella Small is living proof.
This film does not mourn the end of her life but shares her thoughts with the privilege of hindsight. This found footage documentary is an attempt to talk about our cultural fear of aging.
*Developed as part of an OnDisplay residency @Unit10, Bristol.