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Documentary Film
UK
1975
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Good4you! An excellent introduction to John Smith’s work: from image to sound to word to meaning and back. We see a 2 and know that it means two, but [tuː:] could also stand for “to” … Accompanying a scholarly linguistic text by Herbert H. Clark we see a sequence of images accelerating in overkill mode that illustrate and mock the theory at the same time. Linguistics for dummies.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
B & B (Hotel Diaries #4) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

B & B (Hotel Diaries #4)

Documentary Film
UK
2005
6 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Blight John Smith

The demolition of a neighbourhood and the resistance of the locals, condensed in a furious collage. The spider is a symbol both of life as lived and London’s network of streets which crushes that life. Kill the spider! (Golden Dove 1997)

Blight

Documentary Film
UK
1994
14 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
Jocelyn Pook
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
The demolition of a neighbourhood and the resistance of the locals, condensed in a furious collage. The spider is a symbol both of life as lived and London’s network of streets which crushes that life. Kill the spider! (Golden Dove 1997)

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Dad's Stick John Smith

A large-scale image of stripes and stories about a father who was a painter. Once again, things are not as they seem and gradually turn into a reflection (completely in the mind of the beholder) on art, memory and what will be left of us.

Dad's Stick

Documentary Film
UK
2012
5 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Patrick Duval
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
A large-scale image of stripes and stories about a father who was a painter. Once again, things are not as they seem and gradually turn into a reflection (completely in the mind of the beholder) on art, memory and what will be left of us.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Dirty Pictures (Hotel Diaries #7) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

Dirty Pictures (Hotel Diaries #7)

Documentary Film
Palestinian territories
2007
14 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Frozen War (Hotel Diaries #1) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

Frozen War (Hotel Diaries #1)

Documentary Film
Ireland
2001
11 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Gargantuan John Smith

My uncle Willy always said: “Three hairs in the soup are relatively many. Three hairs on my head are relatively few.” That goes for what we perceive as big or small, cute or scary, too – including lizards.

UK

UK
1992

Gargantuan

Documentary Film
UK
1992
1 minute
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Patrick Duval
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
My uncle Willy always said: “Three hairs in the soup are relatively many. Three hairs on my head are relatively few.” That goes for what we perceive as big or small, cute or scary, too – including lizards.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Museum Piece (Hotel Diaries #2) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

Museum Piece (Hotel Diaries #2)

Documentary Film
Germany
2004
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Om

Documentary Film
UK
1986
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
How do we know what we see? A film about images, meanings and stereotypes.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Pyramids / Skunk (Hotel Diaries #5/6) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

Pyramids / Skunk (Hotel Diaries #5/6)

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2006
17 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Six Years Later (Hotel Diaries #8) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

Six Years Later (Hotel Diaries #8)

Documentary Film
Ireland
2007
9 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Slow Glass

Documentary Film
UK
1988
40 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith, Patrick Duval
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
A guy in the pub who talks your ear off – though he only wanted to explain how glass is made. And while the narrator’s authority is dwindling, the images of glass in all its shapes and forms tell a story of their own about creation and decay, about loss, the transformation of our cities and memories.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Black Tower

Documentary Film
UK
1985
24 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
The tragic story of a man haunted by a black tower. Wherever he goes, the tower is already there … The (exclusively documentary) images of the same building filmed from various angles are charged with a completely different meaning by a narrative that recalls one of Edgar Allan Poe’s dark stories.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Girl Chewing Gum

Documentary Film
UK
1976
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
A busy intersection and an off screen commentary. No, it’s a director telling the passers-by what to do. While his voice changes from factual to imperious to mad his directions become more and more absurd, while the scene simply continues … A classic film about the power of words over images and the question of how autonomous our perception is.

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
Throwing Stones (Hotel Diaries #3) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

Throwing Stones (Hotel Diaries #3)

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2004
11 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hommage John Smith
unusual Red cardigan John Smith

The “unusual red cardigan” is an unusually ugly piece of clothing John Smith bought on eBay, along with a VHS tape of his films and other strange stuff.

unusual Red cardigan

Documentary Film
UK
2011
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
The “unusual red cardigan” is an unusually ugly piece of clothing John Smith bought on eBay, along with a VHS tape of his films and other strange stuff. What does it say about the mysterious seller “Serenporfor”? What does it say about John Smith and about the thing we call identity?

Grit Lemke

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.