A PORTRAIT OF GA

An intimate portrait of Tait’s mother, the film was made in Orkney shortly after Tait returned from Rome. Like the other film portraits Tait would go on to make, the film’s focus is on capturing the more elusive qualities of its subject. The camera lingers on fragmentary details: her mother’s hands waving in time to the music, fingers unwrapping a boiled sweet, the sun-lit creases of her eyes as she smiles to the camera. In this way, Tait’s camera mimics the close-up gaze of a child and establishes the intimate style of filmmaking that would eventually characterise the body of her work.

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