David Knight - 21st May 2009

Late last year Caswell Coggins directed this short piece with dancers Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addissu Demissie - shot at Mile End Hospital. The music, by Thomas Jarvis and Ed Cosens, was scored later.

And the fact that Caswell has been a bit quiet on the video front this year is because he's now making a full-length documentary about Junaid Jemal and Addissu. Destino tells the story of how these two young men made the extraordinary journey from the streets of Addiss Ababa to the stage of Sadler's Wells in London.

In fact, Caswell is currently in Addis, filming the pair's return to their roots. Destino is out later this year. This is how the project started.

Caswell Coggins on making Confinement

"I made Confinement with the acclaimed Ethiopian dancers Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addisu Demissie, supported by John Beney, bringing the dancers to the corridors and stairways of Mile End Hospital and with the support of the chorographer Tara Jane Herbert we made a film of their responses to the environment.

"Because of this I chose to shoot the piece without music and instead we scored the film later once it had been edited. I recruited a friend and colleague Thomas Jarvis - formerly the guitarist with Reverend and the Makers - who worked alongside Ed Cosens to create the music.

"Once their composition was in a good place, Thomas and Ed came down from Sheffield to London and sat in on the edit. Then we fine-tuned the music with the pictures."

Watch 'Confinement by Caswell Coggins' here


DirectorCaswell Coggins
Director of PhotographyStein Stie
ChoreographerTara Jane Herbert

David Knight - 21st May 2009

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