44th edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Dummy JimTG-2013 

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Over 50 years ago, the deaf James Duthie biked from his Scottish fishing village to the Arctic Circle and back again. Why? Just because. Hulse worked for 12 years on this visual mix of documentary and fiction. A treat for the eyes and ears.

In May 1951, the deaf Scotsman James Duthie, better known as Dummy Jim, cycled from his small fishing village in Scotland to the Arctic Circle. When he got back home, he wrote down his experiences in the book 'I Cycled into the Arctic Circle', which he published himself. Years later, the mother of director Matt Hulse found this rarity and sent it to her son, who decided to film the eccentric story.
Together with deaf actor and filmmaker Samuel Dore, Hulse set out on the long journey through northern Europe. Hulse mixed fictional and documentary elements into a virtuoso blend: unusual people in fictional Super8 films, playful animated sequences and archive footage of the era in the countries traversed. Back to the present, where the community gives the local hero a memorial and a gravestone. Hulse follows events closely, sketching a fascinating portrait of this small fishing community in the 21st century.
With his rhythmic editing and visual style, Hulse clearly takes into account a deaf audience. The exceptional soundtrack is an added extra for the hearing and completes the experience. Dummy Jim died after a traffic accident in 1965 and his story remained unknown for a long time. This film and the website are certainly going to change this. Presented at the CineMart in 2007.

Beautiful and artisticly done.Nice images, the style of the director is visible. The film is divided in , animation-part, about the gravestone that's been made, how the schoolchildren rehearse for the song at his comeback, everything he's filmed during the biking-trip, the making of the certificate. All these parts are offered to ius in a mixture of scenes with heavy background sound. In all countries he sees beautiful things and learns something as well. In Holland he learned about a proverb: God made the Sea, but we made the shore. He admires dutch women because they keep their houses very clean. A beautiful story about a man who decided to go on an extraordinary roadtrip. You can buy the soundtrack and the director is going to publish the book if you're interested.
Webreview from . Aruna Jagesar on 31 January 2013 01:09
Heel bijzonder: dove man vertrekt per fiets richting Marocco, maar besluit halverwege naar het noorden te gaan, richting Poolcirkel.
'n Mix van live beelden en pentekeningen, met zijsprongen die later pas duidelijk worden.
Had helaas geen tijd voor de Q&A met de regisseur, zodat ik nu nog wel met enige vragen zit, maar dat maakt de film niet minder fascinerend. Aanrader!
Webreview from shireling on 30 January 2013 19:26
United Kingdom 2013
DirectorMatt Hulse
ProducerMatt Hulse
 Tishna Molla
 Lucy Brown
 Nick Currey
ScenarioMatt Hulse
CastSamuel Dore
 Marie Denarnaud
 Jeni Reid
 James Buchan
 Annie Buchan
 Graeme Noble
 Melvyn Bryce
PhotographyIan Dodds
EditorNick Currey
Sound designMatt Hulse
MusicThe One Ensemble, Sarah Kenchington, Jez Butler, Ludwig
Film formatDCP
2013 Hivos Tiger Awards Competition World premiere

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