Archive of films Dove Coup / Dove Coup

United Kingdom
2007, 2 min

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Year: 2014

An experiment which became a finished short film, made during the director’s stay in Rotterdam. The sadness of doves captive in a cage and their efforts to escape – from the cage and even from the film strip.


"Dove Coup was made while I ran a filmmaking workshop at the Filmwerkplaatz in Rotterdam,” states Rivers on the origin of his second shortest film. "I wanted to demonstrate how you can make a film print using a torch, and used some footage I had shot at the bed + breakfast where I was staying. In the back yard the owner kept some doves in a cage, which I thought was pretty sad – I liked the way in the final film they are breaking out of the frame. I’ve made many little experiments and tests, and they remain just that, but this one I felt should be a finished film, despite its brevity.”


Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 5JF, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 203 141 2960
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About the film

Black & white, 16 mm

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


Ben Rivers

Film Director


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