New Theme to Still at Large by The Creeping Things
Six channel sound work with single screen video, full version 11 mins, 2015-2018.
The 2015 video Still at Large was a film essay about Holy Island, northern England, presented by architecture writer Nicholas Still and directed by Paul Rooney. The film was hacked in 2018 by The Creeping Things (aka Lola de Witt-Still of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Berlin), who re-edited her own version with a new musical soundtrack, New Theme to Still at Large, imposed on top of it. Over de Witt-Still’s relentless motorik beat and analogue synths, the female voice on the new soundtrack (which de Witt-Still claims is a ‘found’ vocal recording) speaks of a disturbing male figure on the run from an unspoken crime, who is, in turn, on the hunt for something or someone. Is he aiming his threatening intent towards Nicholas Still himself? Thanks to Lola de Witt-Still, Richard Stephenson Winter and Melanie Dagg. Commissioned by Berwick Visual Arts for Berwick Film Media & Arts Festival.
A stereo version of The Creeping Things’ New Theme to Still at Large is released as a single on Owd Scrat Records.
FVU recommends (Film and Video Umbrella website). Summer 2020.
Online exhibition (Berwick Visual Arts website). Summer 2020.
Aidan Dunne (Irish Times). 15/2/2020 preview of the work.
“The Creeping Things. This is a compulsive, thrilling, unnerving track… it’s powerful stuff.” Verity Sharp, Late Junction (BBC Radio 3). 22/5/2018 radio broadcast of the work.
“New from the Owd Scrat label which is I think rapidly challenging Kythibong as my favourite label in the world… They’ve got a couple of new releases that are fantastic, one of them’s that one, The Creeping Things.” Mark Whitby (Dandelion Radio). May 2018 radio broadcast of the work.
“…it’ s produced by The Creeping Things, it’s a soundtrack produced for a film, as an alternative soundtrack to the one that’s actually there…” Roger Hill, PMS (BBC Radio Merseyside). 12/3/2018 radio broadcast of the work.
Chris Sharratt (A-N website). 30/9/2015 review of the work.
Steve Rose (The Guardian). 18/9/2015 preview of the work.
Mark Moran (Picture Ville website). 18/9/2015 preview of the work.
Charlotte Keeys (Little White Lies website). 14/9/2015 article referencing the work.
“…a short, beautiful and disturbing film…” David Whetstone (The Journal). 26/9/2015 review of the work.
Berwick Film and Media Fest, Ahoy! (The Crack magazine). Sept. 2015 article referencing the work.