Tin Bath

Synopsis:

Tin Bath A welcome addition to Shahrokh Na’el’s Scribble Screen’s digital sketchbook, Tin Bath immortalises the recollections of veteran engineer, John Goodfellow, as he shares memories of a working class life resigned to the past, and soon to be lost to living memory. Swabbed with a monochromatic watercolour wash, it’s ashen frames reflect both the subject’s advancing age and the culture of mechanisation that has riveted his experiences together. Meanwhile, the clarion calls of foghorns and seagulls announce an animated armada of chugging boats – doffing a cap to Britain’s imperial past; a delicate floral underlay hinting at the blossoming of the industrial age. It’s the subtle touches that stand out within this affectionate composition. The flash of yellow blonde hair that picks out our narrator’s infant self amongst his drab surroundings, the understated score that buoys the words of our octogenarian envoy as he guides us through a vignette of huffing smoke-stacks, toiling miners and humble, two-up-two-down terraced houses. “That was the good old days” Goodfellow assures us – offering the tech-toting children of later epochs a heady reminder that life’s beauty lies not in its luxuries or conveniences – but in its simplicity. Those of us bound to the present day would do well to heed his message – and mine the gold accumulated by our predecessors whilst these invaluable resources remain available to us.

Country:

United Kingdom

Directed by:

Shahrokh Nael