Acme Studios — #14 Hilary Powell’s Ring Cycle

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#14 Hilary Powell’s Ring Cycle

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The Stephen Cripps Studio Award was a series of 3 year-long residencies in collaboration with the Henry Moore Institute, founded in 2013 and concluding in September 2017. The studio for the residency was located at Acme’s then recently opened studios at High House Production Park.

The final recipient for the award was Hilary Powell, whose residency ran from 2016-17. During her residency, Powell engaged with the local environment and local community groups. The result was Ring Cycle, a 20 minute film made with The Cabinet of Living Cinema, members of the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Choir and a locally recruited team, which Powell describes as revealing “Purfleet as a pace where the toxic and angelic combine in a twenty-first century version of the sublime where the whoosh of wind turbines and the call of birds bring the film to vivid life”.

The film was launched with a live screening at High House Production Park in July 2017, and the film and making-of films DVD package which were produced have been collected for the Acme Archive alongside the project documentation.