Ben Rivers is an experimental craftsman / filmmaker hailing from London. His raw and old-film-camera approach to shooting plays in parallel to the intimate subject matter captured within the lens. Two Years at Sea follows in the same stylistic footsteps. A documented feature of one man living out his happiest dream come true. In depth details about the film can be read as follows (via FilmLinc):
“A man called Jake lives in the middle of the forest. He goes for walks in whatever the weather, and takes naps in the misty fields and woods. He builds a raft to spend time sitting in a loch. He sleeps in a caravan that floats up a tree. He is seen in all seasons, surviving frugally, passing the time with strange projects, living the radical dream he had as a younger man, a dream he spent two years working at sea to realise.
I made a short film about Jake five years ago, and as time has passed and other films have been made, I have had a continual feeling that I should go back—to make another film where I, and then the audience, can spend more time hanging around Jake’s place in the forest. I want the film to embrace the different perception of time that Jake and his environment have, which is much more patient and relaxed than my own urban living. The film will have at its core the relationship between a person and the place they have chosen to live out their life, and the deep connection there is between them.”
Short and intriguing trailer can be streamed down at the bottom of the page!
Two Years at Sea, 2011