• Film still Land of the White Rhino (1939) Blake Dalrymple and J. Stirling Gillespie

  • Film still Land of the White Rhino (1939) Blake Dalrymple and J. Stirling Gillespie

  • Exhibition view of Dissensus 1 (2014).

  • Exhibition view of Dissensus 1 (2014).

  • Exhibition view of Dissensus 2 (2014). Washable pen on gallery window

  • Exhibition view of Dissensus 2 (2014). Washable pen on gallery window

  • Exhibition view of Dissensus 2 (2014). Washable pen on gallery window

Dissensus (2014)

Film Land of The White Rhino b/w, sound, 9:15 mins

Text written on window taken from the book Cellluloid Safari by Blake Dalrymple and Stirling Gillespie

Framed reproduction print of newspaper article (15cm x 10cm)

Framed photographic print of Orlando Martens (15cm x 10cm)

The film Land of The White Rhino, held at the Scottish Screen Archive, shows the film makers, Blake Dalrymple and J. Stirling Gillespie, being taken into the bush by Zulu tracker Charlie Ninela to film white rhino. Shot as silent footage in Africa, the commentary was dubbed later in the UK.

A voice over was added after the filmmakers returned to Scotland and is attributed to an Orlando Martens in the films final credits. This could be the well known Nigerian actor Orlando Martins who came to England after World War I, during which time he served as a stoker on the old Mauretania to avenge German cruelty to his family. But this is not certain. I was unable to find information or proof of the existence of any actor from that time called Orlando Martens therefore it is possible that the credit given may be a spelling error.

The work Dissensus (2014) is one of nine works produced as part of the 9 Archives Project that included research and collaboration with 9 regional film archives in the UK.

As shown at Federation House, Manchester part of Castlefield Galleries New Art Spaces.