Published: 11/04/23

“how easily we become immune to the mistreatment of others, especially women, without being over didactic” – Vicki Van Hout


Filmed during the performance season for March Dance Festival 2021, ‘the foul of the air’ has been described as a (fascinating) multimedia sensory journey, a work “that will not be easily forgotten”.

A sound work without a score: a dance piece without steps: film without a script.

‘the foul of the air’ explores feminist themes on a background of violence in plain sight. Set in an abandoned women’s garment factory, five double bass players, along with the dancers, take you on a visceral journey of how easily we become immune to the mistreatment of others, especially women.

A film by: Michelle St Anne and Imogen Cranna
Design: Dan Mercer and Michelle St Anne

Filmed and Edited: Matt McGuigan
Additional Editing by: Imogen Cranna
Final Sound Mix: Guy Harding

Performed by: Renata Commisso, Imogen Cranna, Cloé Fournier and Michelle St Anne
Double Bass: Max Alduca, Marie-Louise Bethune, Dave Ellis, Jacques Emery and Will Hansen

Photo Credit: Christopher Wright

Currently on the International Film Circuit via Filmfreeway

View Trailer via the Cannes Film Awards YouTube channel here

Filmhaus (Berlin) – Nominated
8 & Halfilm Awards (Cannes) – Nominated
Sydney Indie Short Festival – Semi-Finalist
Swedish International Film Festival – Selected

8 & Halfilm Awards (Rome) –  Award Best Experimental Film & Best Symbolic Film
Paris International Short Festival – Semi- Finalist
LA Independent Women Film Awards – Nominee
Berlin Shorts Award – Semi-Finalist
Texas Arthouse Festival –  Award Best female centre story (short)
Sicily Art Cinema Festival – Award Women’s issue film