Filmmaker and photographer Jamie Brightmore has created what he calls “The Official Unofficial Film” of Dismaland, the “bemusement park” art installation by Banksy that recently opened in the resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Brightmore was able to get tickets to the opening night, for two nights the next week and then even more through the next week, through sheer persistence and giving him great opportunity to witness the installation from different angles in different weather on different days.
When I first heard about Dismaland my ears lit-up. The place looked set to be an amazing playground for moving image expression, I immediately wanted to film it. With a strong history of banging the refresh button, I managed to score some initial evening tickets for me and some friends. …On entry to the now familiar bemusement park, I was somewhat deflated as I’d planned some cool experimental motion controlled shots, which are just impossible without a tripod. However I dug deep into my aged sack of initiative and managed to bag some freestyle shots. The following week I scored yet two more tickets, my luck was in and my refresh button skills validated – for a third time.
With his vividly experiential video, Brightmore sought to share the installation with those who aren’t able to visit the park.
I aimed to create an aesthetic which married creative visuals and sound, which would translate the essence of Dismaland, so those who didn’t get to go –could get a flavour– and those who did could warm their memories.