Dmitri Galitzine’s film ‘Back and Forth’ explores connection to town, island and ferry for Lift the Lid on Island Culture

Dmitri Galitzine’s film titled Back and Forth is the third of four art commissions on the Isle of Wight as part of the Lift the Lid on Island Culture project. Don’t miss it 13th September to 5th October.

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Back and Forth is a new film by artist and filmmaker Dmitri Galitzine commissioned for Lift the Lid on Island Culture.

This is a film about a town, an island and a ferry.

One road in and out
The identity of the Isle of Wight is inseparable from the body of water that surrounds it. East Cowes sits on a peninsular where the river Medina flows into the sea. There’s only one road in and out.

At the heart of this project are questions of boundary and passage. The film explores what it means to live on an island, and to what extent island-ness can inform the identity of a place and its people.  

An insurmountable sea denies Islanders vital freedoms of movement. Thus, we are asked to unravel our relationship with borders and collectivity.  We confront a pertinent duality, feeling simultaneously cut off by the sea and protected by it. To keep others out can imprison us within.

The Islander’s gatekeeper
Buried deep within this marriage of island and sea is the ferry. A huge and majestic ship that cuts so effortlessly across this busy waterway, serving East Cowes with supplies and access to and from the mainland.

But this is a complex symbiosis. On the one hand, the ferry is a reliable and loyal steed but on the other an authoritarian force, the Islander’s gatekeeper. To some, a business serving the Island as best it can and to others a ruthless company chewing its way through it.

What really is progress?
Somewhere within these ruminations, we are asked to confront the structures of corporate capitalism. As our world gets smaller and corporations get bigger, what exactly is it that we are racing towards? Some Islanders want a tunnel. But would they still be Islanders any more? Must things always go forward?

At the very core of this film lies these questions, about what progress really is, to whom and what might lie in its wake.

Where and when
The film will be screened from 13th September to 5th October on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 2pm until 6pm (last screening 5pm) at the Allan Marsh Studio, 2 Ferry Road, East Cowes, PO32 6RA.

Screenings start on the hour, every hour and run for 45 minutes.

What is Lift the Lid?
Lift the Lid on Island Culture is a two-year funded project, with funding from Arts Council England, Artswork and Isle of Wight Council. Quay Arts is the lead partner in the Cultural Education Partnership, and applied for the funding for the project.

Back and Forth is the third of four art commissions on the Isle of Wight.

Find out more about the project by visiting:


Sarah Girling from Lift the Lid on Island Culture shares news of this upcoming event, in her own words. Ed

Thursday, 5th September, 2019 10:19am

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Steve Goodman

Last week for the free screenings of this recommended fouty five minute film.