— An ancient temple illuminating humanity’s cultural and spiritual past, symbolically connecting earth and sky
Trailer for Callanish AUDIO VISUAL RESEARCH
The project, Callanish Audio Visual Research is an explorative AV document of the largest stone circle complex in the Northern Hemisphere. The film endeavours to capture the other-worldliness of the Isle of Lewis and the mysterious presence of the ancient monoliths that emanate from its terrain. Drawing inspiration from the folklore of Lewis a sense of magic is weaved throughout the film, mirroring the subtle changes in perception felt whilst in commune with the stones at varying hours in the day. Through seven phases, the viewer is led toward a place of ritual where (step-by-step) they will progress through the rites of passage; separation, transition, and incorporation. The project is part documentary, part music video, a vision of a landscape and time forgotten.
Callanish A.V.R is brought to you by filmmaker Julian Hand and musician Demian Castellanos. As longtime collaborators, their work infers allusion to: realms forgotten places distant and abandoned, out-lands in which to stray beyond the perimeter of the mind. Inspiration for the journey and project was drawn directly from The Modern Antiquarian by Julian Cope. From his research, writing and imagery they found parallels in the site and their interests as filmmaker and musician, particularly the complex and remoteness of the terrain it occupied. From this insight as their starting point, they decided to stock up on 8mm film and book passage to the Isle of Lewis.
Join us and embark on a filmic journey to the distant Outer Hebrides. Together, bear witness to the Standing Stones of Callanish, an ancient temple illuminating humanity’s cultural and spiritual past, symbolically connecting earth and sky.