An experimental horror film based on a series of paranormal events that took place in the early ’70s in Hexham, Northern England. In this modern-day folk tale, two brothers become terrorised by ghostly visions after bringing a pair of stone heads into their family home. Combining photographic documentation with personal archive material and dreamlike sequences, Hexham Heads reflects on the haunted nature of family photographs and domestic objects as vessels of trauma.
Tinted by the red safelight of the darkroom, the film (re)constructs a breathless pastoral horror about a place crystallised in time and terrorised by two 6cm tall stone heads whose current location remains unknown. We visit Rede Avenue – the original source of this supernatural energy – through the shivery stillness of Chloë Delanghe’s grainy photographs and an erratic composition performed by an ensemble of improvisers across Ireland and Belgium. In Hexham Heads the joint mysteries of photosensitivity and the stone tape theory – which speculates on how minerals can record and replay the energy of hauntings – create a volatile chemical reaction. Delanghe and Driesen defy the impossibility of capturing ghosts in the lens by immersing us in a psychogeographical journey through infinite doors, windows and passages. (Ane Lopez)
Chloë Delanghe (b.1991, Ostend) is a visual artist living and working in Brussels. Her work invites us to contemplate the mechanisms of the camera and the roles they play in (re)constructing and fictionalising memory and family. She studied at Luca School of Arts Brussels (BA) and The Royal Academy of Fine Arts KASK Ghent (MA) and is currently a guest lecturer at KASK Ghent. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at The Grand Chelsea in New York, De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, TOKAS Hongo in Tokyo, Extracity Kunsthal in Antwerp, and ING Art Centre in Brussels, and screened at film festivals and art centres including EMAF in Osnabrück, Art Cinema OFFoff, CINEMATEK Brussels, Visions du Réel, and Courtisane.
Mattijs Driesen (b. 1994) is a filmmaker living and working in Brussels. His latest short film The Actricity Machines (2023) had its world premiere at Film Fest Ghent. He is currently working as a doctoral student at LUCA School of Arts, where he researches the link between radical pedagogy and cinematic aesthetics. As a writer, he has published several critical texts for the international film journal Sabzian.
Chloë Delanghe: Cuts (2023), VID-20200603-WA008.mp4 (2021), Minnebrieven / Love Letters (2020), Magic, a portrait of Joris (2018), Reasons to Be Cheerful (2016), Gestures (2012)
Mattijs Driesen: The Actricity Machines (2023), Krakeel (2017)