Charlotte Ginsborg’s work juxtaposes fictional and documentary approaches to filmmaking in order to disrupt the viewers’ expectations of conventional narrative structure. Her films investigate the different ways people physically occupy public spaces, focusing specifically on how people’s behaviour alters as they move between private and public arenas. Through the use of storytelling she addresses people’s often complex relationship to work and the role creativity plays in individuals’ lives.
The films focus on public sites that function as architectural backdrops against which everyday events are transformed into fantastical scenarios. Located firmly in the quotidian the films investigate how far surreal moments can puncture a sense of the concrete here and now and still retain a sense of credibility.
By combining voice over, interview footage and overtly staged scenes questions arise as to whether the events unfolding are true and to what extent the cast are acting. Are the characters figments of each other’s imaginations? Or in fact each other’s alter egos? By working with non-actors the films draw attention to what happens to people’s behaviour once placed in front of the camera, and subsequently how a filmmaker can attempt to capture the subtlety of individuals continually shifting performances in real life. Attention is drawn to the position of the author’s voice within documentary. How and why we adjust ‘self’ in relationship to ‘other’ and what role storytelling has in our ability to negotiate the everyday are developed into key questions.