John Smith
‘Regression’, 1998-1999
Video, colour, sound; 18 minutes
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
SMITH-2009-0013

"A portrait of the artist as a not so young man. The film-maker attempts to enter the digital age by making a new video version of his 1978 film ‘7P’. John Smith is not afraid of time. His films continuously show of his patience in setting up a visual pun, filming certain angles over several days or months in order to develop our sense of place and flux. ‘Regression’ makes time a focus of his humour. As he recreates a film he made twenty-one years earlier, he tapes each of the twelve days of Christmas, getting progressively younger as he replays the chorus of the accompanying song. In a sense, it is this youthful humour mixed with the political wisdom of age and an unflagging patience that makes John Smith’s films unique - they are not quick jokes, but elaborate latticeworks of humour."
- Chris Kennedy, programme notes for screening at Pleasure Dome, Toronto, 2001

46th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany 2000 Prize of the International Short Film Festival
45th Cork International Short Film Festival, Ireland 2000 Special Mention