Wales, UK / Duration 13m 53s / 2014
Outcasting and BBC Wales are pleased to announce the screening of Bulletin by Swansea based Thomas Goddard for the Making the News Residency at BBC Wales. Thomas was based at the BBC Wales offices at Llandaff, Cardiff and followed Owain Clarke the BBC Wales Health Correspondent.
Taking his residency at BBC Wales as both starting and point of departure, Goddard reimagines the news over that period unveiling what is often hidden from broadcast. For the residency he was given access to Broadcasting House in Llandaff, which will shut with staff relocating to a new building in the very spot you are standing.
Goddard shadowed health correspondent Owain Clarke, who in his role covers six outputs for BBC Wales/Cymru putting together English and Welsh versions for Online, TV and Radio formats. Over the week long residency there was a focus on Wales’ Health service since devolution with Goddard accompanying Clarke to interviews, locations and across Broadcasting House.
Goddard used the footage the BBC ‘left on the cutting room floor’ and subsequently out of the broadcast news to create a holistic alternative story of the week’s news that questions the idea of 24 hour news and what truth we can gather from reporting the ‘now’.
Working away from the constraints of broadcast news Goddard used out of focus, clipped, shrunk shots, related but disembodied sound and clips from other news channels and archive material related to the content of the week’s news. Shots include long pans of office interiors, Tiananmen Square contrasted with shots of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, Egypt revolting against one-man rule, and its revolution with overlaid video screens of Boko Haram, Rik Mayall, Iguazu falls flooding and 2,000 nepalese tree-huggers claiming a Guinness world record over a backdrop of oppression, revolution and privatisation.
The film’s pace reflects Clarke’s reporting day while being an exploration of an institution and our relationship with news imagery and how we recognise and digest these images. While playing with the process of renewal and forgetting where memories can be seemingly forgotten then unexpectedly return to human consciousness.
Each Bulletin is bookended by an ident featuring Guy Goma who was mistaken for Guy Kewney, who was due to be interviewed about the Apple vs Apple court case, instead Goma is interviewed on BBC News 24 then wrongly identified in the press as a taxi driver adding another fallacy to the misunderstood illusion. The ident is accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic playing the theme from Taxi Driver.