Michael's Lake

Greg Woodbury

1989, 30:00 minutes, colour, English


Michael's Lake examines the psychological dynamics of a suburban family transplanted to Ontario cottage country.
The video is about two boy/men, Ronnie and Sandor (played by adults). These two instinctual and chaotic characters come into conflict with the authoritarian restraint of Mr. Meadowfield, Ronnie's father. Michael's Lake unfolds episodically. An empty boat moving in circles serves as a consistent and disturbing motif, without apparent repercussions to the narrative.

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The Cool Glass Eye: An Evening of Video
Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1991.