SHOW AND TELL #21: Ruth Novaczek

Ruth Novaczek is a filmmaker who has exhibited her experimental, vernacular films and installations nationally and internationally since the 1990s. She works with ecriture feminine, subjectivity and narrative, and uses found footage, live action, and documentation in mash-ups that challenge the ‘traditional’ avant-garde moving image culture. She addresses cultural and sexual identities through music, writing, and cinema which are embedded in her densely montaged films.

We’ll be screening Ruth’s film Woman Returns From A Journey in our Rhythms Crackle programme. This film is a narrative about memory and forgetting that mixes found footage and live action, citation and original text. It portrays a feminist diaspora; part road-movie, part poetry, and is punctuated with Eileen Myles’ voice reading her poem ‘Dissolution’. It is a meditation on the role of memory and the inevitability of loss.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A better world, visionary

2. What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
A better visionary world

3. What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
Film things

4. What’s your favourite film and why?
Too many favourites, but for now let’s say Akerman’s J’ai Faim J’ai Froid. Godard, anything, Hitchcock, from Rebecca to Family Plot, Bette Gordon, Betzy Bromberg, Abigail Child, Claire Denis, shall I go on… I just adore cinema

5. Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!
They’re mostly in my films, but today: Michelle Gurevich, Tanita Tikaram, Savages… but yesterday, maybe, The Beach Boys or Bob Dylan

6. From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
Eileen Myles book Not Me, or maybe Anne Carson The Beauty of the Husband

7. If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
A better me

8. What is your greatest extravagance?
moisturisers, booze and cigarettes

9. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
love, music, film, literature and life

10. What is your final word?
the end/fin