SIT AND WATCH – Matthew Barton


Documentary  – 37min

Six everyday scenarios play out in modern London summoning ideas of  representation, spectacle and human behaviour


Like an audiovisual fresco of the modern city – in this case, London – Sit and Watch adopts the form of “channel-hopping” revolving around different emblematic situations: parliamentary sessions, a guided boat tour, surveillance videos for a bus, a couple exhibiting their sexual frolics on the internet, a religious meeting and a boxing club. A portrait is thus drawn, through these various scenarios, of a world that stages itself, over-mediatised and dystopian, in which the individual strives in vain to find their place. Making the most of the serial effect of a device inspired by the small screen(s), this is a film that reflects, through delicate touches and with great skill, a society of spectacle which, between rhyme and irony, chooses the headlong rush, through politics and the media. A film that is as enjoyable as it is anxiety inducing, anchored in a resolutely contemporary discourse.

Directed & Produced by: Francisco Forbes & Matthew Barton
Original Music: Rombo
Cinematography / Editing: Francisco Forbes
Sound Recordist / Additional Camera: Matthew Barton
Additional Camera: Marcus Autelli & Santiago Bernaldo De Quirós
Additional Sound Recordists: Simone Torino & Luke Harris
Colourist: Alejandro Armaleo
VFX: Maria Peralta Ramos
Sound Design and Mixer: Lautaro Aichenbaum
SFX Editor: Pepa Saenz
DCP Mastering: Soren Kloch

Featuring: Gareth Murphy, Emily Wallis, Miles McDonald, Michael Williamson, Ian Davies, Mohamed Quronfleh, Stuart Lawson, XX, XY and the House of Commons.

Screenings & Awards

Visions Du Réel Nyon, Switzerland (Winner Best Medium Length Film)
Hamburg Short Film Festival, Germany
Docs MX, México
European Film Festival Dokumentart, Germany
Ethnologic Institute, Neuchatel Art Center, Switzerland
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France
London International Documentary Festival, UK
Doc en Courts Lyon, France (Winner Jury Special Mention)
Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival, Greece
Lab Competition, Tabakalera, San Sebastián Spain
Festival du Film Subversif de Metz, France
Dangerous Docs, Japan
Festival Interférences, Lyon, France