Richard Squires’ BIG IRON DOOR was selected for New Contemporaries 1993-94

Super-8 transfer to video, 2 mins 24 secs, colour/B&W, stereo, 1992

BANG! BANG! Mom and Dad are shot dead and an adolescent daydream of arrest, imprisonment and abdication unfolds. Monochrome incarceration fantasies are played out on-screen, permeated at intervals by a moustachioed man with facial tremors.

“Squires’ gutsy video begins with a double murder and never looks back. Varying between action and almost abstract visual play, it takes its title from a country and western song and like the singer it ends by glorifying the ‘acte gratuit'”

[Stuart Morgan, catalogue introduction]

BIG IRON DOOR is featured on the DVD compilation New Contemporaries: Moving Image 1968 – 2010 (Lux)

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