Bulletin

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Bulletin, 2014

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2014, Bulletin, video

Duration: 13`54`
Single Channel, Colour
Aspect Ratio: Variable
Sound: Stereo

During a residency at BBC Wales as part of its ‘Making the News’ programme, artist Thomas Goddard stitched together unused, unseen broadcast footage from the newsroom of its LLandaff office. The result is Bulletin – a short film exploring the news behind the news.

“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.” – Jerry Seinfeld, Comedian

Goddard shadowed BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke, who covers six outputs for BBC Wales/Cymru across online, TV and radio formats. Over the week-long residency, the news agenda was dominated by Wales’s National Health Service. But Goddard used footage “left on the BBC’s cutting room floor” to create an alternative version of the news.

In Bulletin, out of focus, clipped shots and archive material are spliced together with related but disembodied sounds and footage from other news channels. Long pans of office interiors and Tiananmen Square contrast with footage of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony and Egypt revolting against one-man rule. We also see overlaid video screens of Boko Haram, Rik Mayall, the Iguazu falls flooding, and Nepalese tree-huggers claiming a Guinness world record against a backdrop of oppression, revolution and privatisation.

Each shot is bookended by a comical i-dent featuring Guy Coma, who was accidentally interviewed live on BBC News 24 in 2006, after being mistaken for technology expert Guy Kewney. The combined effect is a playful critique of our relationship with the news and its imagery, unveiling what is often hidden from broadcast.

Bulletin was commissioned by The Space and Outcasting Moving Image Network, and made as part of the BBC Wales Artist in Residence scheme.