Work done

1972/1999, 35mm, colour, sound, 22 minutes
Filmed in Italy (Florence) and Switzerland (the Grisons)
First Public Screening: New York Film Festival. “Views from the Avant-Garde”, 9 October 1999
Original Version: Work done, 1972, 16mm, colour, sound, 34 minutes
First Public Screening: Festival of Independent Avant-Garde Film, National Film Theatre, London, 14 September 1973

“Bracing in its simplicity, Work done was shot in Florence and the Alps, and celebrates an archaic Europe. Contemplating a stone vault cooled by blocks of ice or handstiching of a massive tome or the frying of a local delicacy, Beavers considers human activities without dwelling on human protagonists. Like many of Beavers’ films, Work done is based on a series of textural transformative equivalences: the workshop and the field, the book and the forest, the mound of cobblestones and a distant mountain.” (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice)