A major new moving-image work by artist filmmaker Hetain Patel. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD Derby. Supported by Arts Council England. Initial research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project.
Don’t Look At The Finger presents a wedding ceremony where a couple meet for the first time, seeking connection through ritual, combat and signed languages. Blending Hollywood cinema, West African costumes, Kung Fu, tight choreography and a specially composed score the film creates a visually arresting new physical and visual language. The work’s title comes from one of Bruce Lee’s most celebrated sayings, which warns us never to be distracted by a finger pointing at something as we may we miss what it is pointing at.