Behind Me Is Black

Year: 1999
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 11 mins
New Zealand

Production co: Seductor Productions
Editors: Kirsty Cameron, Cushla Dillon
Photography: Paul Johns
Sound: Rachel Shearer
16mm

1999 New Zealand Film Festival World Première
Behind Me Is Black consists of archival footage shot in the 70s in Christchurch by artist Paul Johns of his friends – members of the transexual community and associates. When Kirsty Cameron and I first saw the footage we were immediately captivated by the intimacy of each subject with Paul’s camera, and set out to create a film that captured that intimacy, dignity and beauty in a trancelike, mesmerising narrative. — Cushla Dillon