This film was shot in the city of Vancouver and in the surrounding
landscapes of British Columbia. It is a film about hope and despair.
Hope generated by the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian landscape.
Despair that this beauty is so very fragile and vulnerable on
a planet dominated by indifference, greed, and violence.
In the film a small child is building a sandcastle on a deserted beach. In the
background the glass and steel towers of a city dominate the horizon. A succession
of landscape and cityscape images weave dream-like patterns on the screen. The
reverie is broken by the staccato bombardment of TV images. The child builds
on, absorbed by the process of creativity. The dream-like images return, light
and water combine in tiny waves ... the tide advances, alternately obscuring
and revealing a childhood tide pool.
Made with assistance from the Arts Council of England
and the National Film Board of Canada.
Sound Realization, recording, mix, by Robert MacNevin.