The two archive films, 'Eastbourne: Sun Trap of the South' and 'A Summer Memory of Bexhill', show a highly stylised vision of what these two seaside town were like during the 60s and 70s. Held at Screen Archive South East, housed at the University of Brighton, these films were restored and became the starting point for a year-long project led by Willingdon Community School, Towner Art Gallery and the De La Warr Pavilion.
Working with young people based at Charlie's Drop-in Centre in Eastbourne and the Sidley Youth Centre, in Bexhill, film-maker George Butler helped explore what they felt was missing from this historical view and reveal the fantasy world the old films represent. Using portable video cameras to shoot new footage, an alternative sense of place emerged alongside the original films. The resulting interactive piece of work contrasts the contemporary with the historical, fantasy with reality and comfort with discomfort. It opens with a reference to a tale about map makers by Jorge Luis Borges questioning our perceptions of place and our relationship to it.
Every visitor, both on and offline, will travel in their own way through the film clips, allowing a personal journey and reflection on the title, 'Southern Discomfort'.