Etch - dance film

A girl hikes across remote moorland. On a hill in the distance, stands a lone building, which she discovers is a long abandoned school hall. A little sun penetrates the dirty glass. An upright piano sits in the far corner.

She takes off her muddy boots and with confidence in her gait, strides across to the piano and pulls it by one corner. The rusted wheels are jammed and it pivots, creating an arc. A line is carved in layers of compacted dust and the ancient wooden floor splinters with the weight of the instrument.

In the centre of the room, hinged on one foot, she extends her leg and rotates swiftly and with graceful power. Her feet trace, etch and carve in circular movements, creating marks in the layers of dirt. Her body contorts. She throws herself in controlled but frenetic choreography. The movements increase in size and vigour as a pattern emerges. Finally she stands back to witness the impression her dance has etched on the floor.

Winner - Best UK Dance Film / Screen.dance
Winner - Innovator Award / Dallas Dance Film Festival
Winner - Best Art Film / Caribbean Sea International Film Festival
Winner - Best Choreography / Mardel Dance Film Festival 
Winner - Outstanding Choreography for a Lens, Utah Dance film festival
Winner - Audience Choice Award, Utah Dance film festival
Winner - Outstanding Special Effects, Utah Dance film festival
Winner - Outstanding Editing, Utah Dance film festival

  • Abby Warrilow -Director / Choreographer
  • Lewis Gourlay -Director / Editor / VFX artist
  • Victoria Watson - Producer
  • Joanne Pirrie - Dancer
  • Abby warrilow - Writer
  • Andrew Begg - DOP
  • Sefa Ucbas / Damian Leitch - Focus Puller
  • Josh Rowe - Camera assistant
  • Derrick Ritchie - Gaffer
  • Paul Lambie - Art Director
  • Callum Rankine - Composer
  • Costume and makeup - Karen Brown
  • Executive Producer - Rhona Drummond
  • Associate Producer - Simon Fildes
  • Aerials - Aerial Frontiers