Taking as its subject different perceptions of the British landscape, this short animated film is a roaming exploration of national identity and collective history set in a post-Brexit environment. Using a 3D model of the United Kingdom, an incongruous variety of visual scenarios – poignant, nostalgic and absurd – are enacted using a ‘live’ animation technique. These scenes draw directly on user comments found below the line of videos and online newspaper articles concerning the English and British countryside.
What emerges is a meditation on the British landscape – both as an imaginary vision and as a new world digitally constructed. The Green and Pleasant Land is a site where opinion, memory, history and highly charged emotion are given form, and are opened up for discussion and critique.
This film was commissioned by Arebyte gallery and developed through a residency with support from Arts Council England.

Title The Green and Pleasant Land
Director Max Colson
Genre Art Animation Documentary Film Experimental Film
Release Date 04.12.2021
  • United Kingdom
Length 14 Minutes
Spoken Language
  • English
Color Format
  • Color
Sound Format
  • Stereo



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Max Colson

  • Director
  • United Kingdom
Max Colson is a British film artist who uses 3D animation, games design and experimental documentary to explore how our ideas of architecture, landscape and British identity are formed. His films have screened in various European galleries and international film festivals, including DOK Leipzig …

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