51 Paintings is the first of five experimental art films shot between 2006-2013 in Germany, England and Australia. After visiting the medieval St Michael's Church in Schwaebisch Hall, Australian director Wilson recreated 51 characters found in the displayed religious paintings into other places of historical note with actors, friends and other film makers playing out the idea of the 'memory' of each painting nested in each new segment. The film is divided into three acts which serve as a kind of personal diary over the production period opening in the weeks leading to the birth of Wilson's first child and his journey from Australia to Europe and back. There are no words spoken, only moving paintings and is meant to be experienced, not understood. This experimental, non-narrative film plays out the notions of slowness as a means of cinematic device by exploring the poetic links between memory, art and time.
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