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

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