Composition for short Film
in collaboration with Philip Beesley, Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones.

Cradle offers viewers an intense experience of innumerable worlds falling into chaos and rising again in new life. Inspired by the form language of Beesley’s “living architecture” environments, the film’s intricate geometries move from inert crystalline minerals into surging lifeforms.

Within an astral, dream-like vision of constant metamorphosis, a child-like being emerges, reflecting thefundamental journey from death into new life. Rising and falling in cycles, deeply fragmented wilderness is interwoven with shimmering, hopeful light. Whispering voices emerge from cavernous depths, creating anemotional passage from suffering through new life and innocent wonder.

Grove was earlier presented as a 15-minute-long film in the installation ‘Grove Cradle’ at the Arsenale during the ‘La Biennale di Venezia 2021’.

Cradle - Philip Beesley
Directed by Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones
Produced by W&N Studio & PBSI Studio & Immortal Productions
Sound / Music Composition: Salvador Breed
Text adapted from Gustav Flaubert’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1874
Male voice by Philip Beesley
Female voice by Eva Bartels

Executive producers: PBSI & CLIC/Glen Lowry
Actress: Tilley Du Preez @ Sylvia Young Agency
VFX Creation by W&N Studio & Gavin Coetzee / Studio Tekati
VFX Creation Assistant Kevan Cress
Editor: Xavier Perkins / Exeeda
3D Scanning: FBFX London (big thank you to Martin Kern)
Z Brush Artist: Chris Everritt
Storyboard Artist: Alex Noble
Motion Capture & Rigging: Mark Maxwell

Generously supported by Stichting Stokroos, Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds, Canada Council for the Arts, Embassy of Canada to Italy, HIP Developments, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), University of Waterloo.

Philip Beesley
Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones
Living Architecture Systems Group