Throughout turtleneck we only learn the name of one character and that’s in her absence. The film otherwise follows a meandering protagonist, disillusioned with the menial tasks that make up her workdays and distracting herself with the sporadic youtube links from an admirer somewhere on her periphery, forming a mixtape too fragmented. In an era of over-analysing, solace is sought out through the landscape but it too struggles from a congested city, adorned with plastic waste and leaving little space for reflection.
turtleneck a prologue & anthology, is a collection of 35mm photographs documenting all that came before the film. Hand bound and also featuring a few video stills from the rehearsal process, the zine opens with an introduction by comedian & actor clara pluton who plays shorts in the film.
a film by hannah ford, with luccia rennie as turtleneck & cinematography by matt mead, also featuring clara pluton, caro luttringer, ben moores, samuel "$immy" ampiah, slosi, joseph railton, nathalie limon, alex goforth, svetlana igorievna majstrosestrovskij, veronika kelemen, olivér norbert, ilya lapin & charly flyte, turtleneck’s costume kharise francis, sound recordists lones muaka & davide defendi, art department & additional sound recording nayan patel, river sequence vlad potop, colourist vlad barin, carpenter & boatman adelin balan, production assistant morten wright, sound design cracked hands, additional sound mixing karma zheng zhu, also featuring music by mt. judge & zep tepi & artworks by kitra & andrei ganser, thank you to leila kimiai-nia, addison cristiano, lily dowden & andrew wilson
Hannah Ford is a graduate of The Glasgow School of Art and exchange alumni of Rhode Island School of Design. Her short film Terry's Last Intern won Underwire's Best Under 25 Award of 2015, was nominated for Best Woman Director at London Short Film Festival and selected for New Contemporaries alongside The Menu. Hannah has made films for Daata Editions at Frieze Art Fair London, Transition Gallery and the seasonal screening series Opening Titles in NYC.
In 2016 she was shortlisted for Film City Glasgow's JUMPCUT Script Development programme in association with Sigma Films and independently produced turtleneck, which screened publicly for one night only at DOOMED gallery in London in December. The film is her longest work to date and was released online via DISPATCH in March 2017, featured on the vimeo channel of independent filmmaking network Shooting People and selected by Women Cinemakers for inclusion in their seventh annual edition.
In 2017 she was supported by the Institute of Contemporary Arts' STOP PLAY RECORD programme in association with Channel 4 Random Acts and Arts Council England, resulting in the short film Nosophoros that toured England until March 2018. Hannah recently received a grant from Vancouver Foundation, allowing her to explore the use of 8mm.