Black Strangers

An intimate filmic conversation on belonging: after seeing him mentioned in a bishop’s transcript held in a Gloucestershire archive, Dan goes for a walk in the woods in search of Daniel, a man buried in Nympsfield on December 31, 1719 and described on the document as “a black stranger”. Whilst walking, Dan talks directly to Daniel, speculating about the potential parallels between him and his namesake, from walking routes and speeds to shoe sizes and foot lumps, and opening up to Daniel about how he’s also been made to feel like a black stranger in Gloucestershire after his involvement in a contested heritage debate in his hometown of Stroud. Dan then goes on to wrestle aloud with the problems that come with trying to read the archive at face value and fill in its gaps before trying to think up a fitting way to celebrate the departed Daniel.
by Dan Guthrie
with Dan Guthrie
United Kingdom 2022 English 8’ Colour

With

  • Dan Guthrie (Narrator)

Crew

Director Dan Guthrie
Screenplay Dan Guthrie
Cinematography Nielsan Bohl, Conrad Bohl
Camera Assistant Elizabeth Jordan
Editing Dan Guthrie
Sound Design Mae-Li Evans
Sound Mae-Li Evans, Felix Taylor
Sound Mixing Felix Taylor
Producer Dan Guthrie

Produced by

Dan Guthrie

Independent Cinema Office

LUX

Dan Guthrie

Dan Guthrie is an artist-filmmaker, film programmer, and writer whose practice often investigates and interrogates historical and contemporary Black presences and mis-presences with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas. Recent presentations of his work include Whitstable Biennale, MIRROR (Arts University Plymouth), the Independent Cinema Office and LUX’s “Right of Way” screening tour. He is an awardee of the 2022 Michael O’Pray Prize for new writing on the moving image, part of the programming team for the 18th edition of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and a member of Stroud District Council’s Community Representation Taskforce.

Filmography

2018 Seven Stages; 3 min. 2019 Three Young Men on a Bench; 2 min. · albion, refreshed; 2 min. 2021 Coaley Peak (A Fragment); 6 min. 2022 black strangers