Friday, June 22, 2007

Roy & McHardy

Roy and McHardy are two artists, Marina Roy and Natasha McHardy, working in collaboration in the area of video and performance.
They write the scripts, act, shoot, and edit the video productions themselves, with minor assistance from other parties. Their work is based on a "do-it-yourself" ethos, a kind of self-sufficiency, and even a "Bouvard-and-Pecuchet" type curiosity vis-a-vis the world. The work they do together also reflects an interest in pedagogy and humour.
They have been working together since 2003. They live and work out of Vancouver.

Video productions:

Alice and Martha, 30 minutes, 2007
Boucher and Cacciatore, 20 minutes, 2004
George and Jorge, 20 minutes, 2004

Boucher & Cacciatore

George & Jorge

Alice and Martha

Film synopsis

Alice and Martha earn their living at a tedious delivery job. As you follow them through their day, against the backdrop of a generic city [Vancouver], Martha monopolizes the conversation with her nostalgic memories of the old country, her disenchantment of modern-day life, and her dreams of escape. Alice’s pent up anxieties and emotions translate into anger as she is forced to respond to Martha’s antics. She wonders if she’ll be able to keep it together in the presence of her overbearing companion whose observations force her to question such a mundane existence. To what lengths will they go in escaping their repetitive daily lives?

31 minutes


Alice Natasha McHardy
Martha Marina Roy
Security guard Graham Meisner

Camera Marina Roy
Editing Marina Roy, Natasha McHardy, Abbas Akhavan
Sound editing Marina Roy, Natasha McHardy, Laura Lee Schultz

Special thanks to
Marilyn and Daryl McHardy and Marisse Aguilar

Funding of this project was made possible by:
Hampton Fund Research Grant, University of British Columbia

Screening History:
New York International Independent Film and Video Festival: July 2007