On Landguard Point is a film by Pacitti Company featuring performance, prose, myth, music and gorgeous visuals interspersed with contributions by local people from across the East of England who took part in this unique collaborative project. Created by Suffolk raised Robert Pacitti On Landguard Point explores how we construct diverse ideas of home, what home means to us, and what it means to host others in our home.
On Landguard Point is a non-narrative film built through poetry, patchwork, maps and slips of story. Woven together these forms accumulate ideas around what home means. Shot entirely in the East of England, On Landguard Point is partial and makes no claim to speak for everyone or even a whole region. In 2011, the On Landguard Point team gathered stories and local knowledge with help from East of England residents to develop the project culminating in a feature length film. Inspired by the histories and culture of the East of England, On Landguard Point exists at an intersection between live performance, community and cinema – where local people and places really do become the stars of the show.
The content of the film features some aspects of a series of community events that took place across 2011 and 2012. One of these was a region wide call out for A People’s Encyclopedia for the East of England. Of the many entries, 205 were turned into symbols, offering a visual lexicon of people’s shared stories, memories and local knowledge. Many of these symbols appear throughout the film. Another of the community events was a series of 205 archaeological digs in people’s back gardens across the region, searching for traces of home. At the end of each dig one of the symbols was then buried in the form of a handmade silver charm. This literal and metaphorical act of excavating and sowing appears throughout the film connecting the present with the past.
On Landguard Point was a series of mass-participation events across the East of England, including: