Created by Siobhan Davies and filmmaker David Hinton in 2012, All This Can Happen is a film constructed entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of cinema.
Based on Robert Walser’s novella ‘The Walk’ (1917), the film follows the footsteps of the protagonist as series of small adventures and chance encounters take the walker from idiosyncratic observations of ordinary events towards a deeper pondering on the comedy, heartbreak and ceaseless variety of life. A flickering dance of intriguing imagery brings to light the possibilities of ordinary movements from the everyday which appear, evolve and freeze before your eyes. Juxtapositions, different speeds and split frame techniques convey the walker’s state of mind as he encounters a world of hilarity and despair.
All This Can Happen has toured internationally across four continents screening at film festivals, cinemas, galleries and museums in cities including Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Berlin, among others. The film continues to tour internationally to high critical acclaim.
In 2016 the International Journal of Screendance, dedicated for the first time in its history, a whole issue to All This Can Happen.
All This Can Happen: Somerset House, Sat 21 Jan 2017
Choreocinema: Counterpoints (#) + ScreenTalk with Siobhan Davies & Miranda Pennell, Tue 24 Jan 2017
‘...a choreography of a different, but even more remarkable kind.’ Hartmut Regitz, Tanz Magazine Yearbook 2014
‘The reason to watch this film is not because it is artful and thoughtful, though it is that. It is because it restores us to our senses, because it touches – gently – both body and soul. To walk, it suggests, is to be in the world.’ Sanjoy Roy, Aesthetica
‘Davies and Hinton have achieved the near-impossible: a film both harrowing and full of levity, pathological and poignant, microscopic and expansive.’ Sukhdev Sandhu, Sight & Sound
‘A historical masterpiece… I know nothing more complex, simple, flavoured, archaic, post-modern, in the same glimpse, than this film-mirror.’ Patrick Bensard, Cinémathèque de la Danse