Steven Eastwood

The Interval And The Instant

7 October - 26 November 2017


The Interval and the Instant is an ambitious new multiscreen video installation by British filmmaker Steven Eastwood. The work addresses the taboo subject of dying, reflecting current attitudes in palliative care and society around end of life experience and the visibility of the dying person.

The characters have different lives and circumstances, as well as different life philosophies which are or are not shared with the camera. Gradually, the imagery becomes more harrowing ending with a seven minute sequence where we observe Alan in his last moments. The artist talks about the intention of wanting to leave metaphors behind and creating a a direct image of death which is central to the film as a whole, and the installation focuses on just these moments of the film Island. The film is meant to be empowering and to showcase the calm of this natural progression of events, as well as moments of elation; it is meant to make the viewer feel at peace with what is presented.


It was filmed over a one year period at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight and has been produced with the full consent and involvement of inpatients, outpatients and staff of the hospice.


“Art and film involving death and dying still has taboo status in terms of what western society can and cannot sanction. It is as though the image of dying is not something we should see, or even want to see. As a consequence, there is very little filmmaking done with the consent and collaboration of the dying person and there are few moving images of the very end of life. This extends all the way through culture. We don’t talk about death and dying in schools - there is no death education. Exhibitors are reluctant to programme content relating to death for fear of limited audience. And yet everyone has a personal experience with death and the fact that we will die is as every day and as natural an occurrence as birth”.

Steven Eastwood, Artist




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Across the water on the island, four individuals experience the year in which their lives will end. Illness progresses, relationships gently shift, and we are witness to rarely seen and intensely private moments. One person shares their acceptance of death, whilst another is surrounded by a community in shock. We observe bedside care and the rhythm of breathing. In a pathology lab, microscopic biopsies in close-up show the interior of bodies, our biology. Filmed over 12 months on the Isle of Wight, Island is a life-affirming reflection on the phenomena of dying, portraying the transition away from personhood and observing the last days and hours of life and the moment of death. Like the ferries cyclically arriving and departing in this an enigmatic landscape, the film appears buoyant, afloat. Death is shown to be natural and everyday but also unspeakable and strange.


September 8 – Isle of Wight – Ventnor Arts Club + Q&A

September 9 – Isle of Wight – Quay Arts + Q&A

September 10 – London – Picturehouse Central + Q&A

September 15 – London – DocHouse + discussion

September 16 – Picturehouse Central

September 17 – Manchester – Home + Q&A

September 17 – London – DocHouse + discussion

September 18 – Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema + Q&A

September 19 – Picturehouse Central

September 30 – Dublin – Irish Film Institute + Q&A

October 9 – Bridport Film Society

October 21 – Birmingham – Screening Rights at MAC + Q&A

November 14 – Portsmouth Film Society + Q&A



London – Picturehouse Central

London – DocHouse

More info at www.islandfilm.co.uk