Archive of films May Tomorrow Shine the Brightest of All Your Many Days as It Will Be Your Last / May Tomorrow Shine the Brightest of All Your Many Days as It Will Be Your Last

United Kingdom
2009, 13 min

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Year: 2014

Preparations are underway, and the gathering war clouds and bayonets bode nothing but ill. This brooding black-and-white film relies on its internal mystery and disturbing soundtrack, matched by the corresponding ominous threat of nature and the undetermined actions of the people onscreen.


Codirected with Paul Harnden, this is one of River’s works that most relies on its aesthetic form, in which technical deficiencies are viewed as a plus. The black-and-white image focuses on an unspecified group of people in the woods who load books into wheelbarrows, dig pits, and seem to be preparing for an event that never really happens. In harmony with the soundtrack, everything is governed by a mood of uncertainty, even fear, which exacerbates the problem of classifying the movie according to time or place. Is the mantra conveyed here a dark incantation or is it rather an exhortation to battle?


Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 5JF, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 203 141 2960
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Black & white, 16 mm

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Director: Ben Rivers, Paul Harnden
Screenplay: Ben Rivers
Dir. of Photography: Ben Rivers
Editor: Ben Rivers
Producer: Ben Rivers
Contact: LUX


Ben Rivers

Film Director


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