Boswell in Space, Emma Lennox and Mitch Miller’s on-going web-based documentary supported by the Central Station Member’s Fund, will unveil its final episodes as its Sheffield Docfestdebut. From 8-11thJune festivalgoers will be able to experience the documentary through specially set up computer consoles (at the Site Gallery next to the delegates centre). But, even if you can’t get to Sheffield, you will be still be able to see the documentary, as it is available online for the next six weeks.

Originally released in episodes between November 2010 and April 2011, the entire series will be viewable through a specially redesigned website. As the documentary was originally intended to be episodic, the filmmakers recommend that audiences take the journey step by step and watch one or two episodes at a time.

Inspired by the writing of James Boswell (1740-1795), Boswell in Space is an experiment in documentary-making using a variety of old and new forms of communication; illustration, photography, video and blogging. Describing a circuit of Scotland and England, from Glasgow through London to Auchinleck, the audience can explore Boswell’s pioneering documentary method through animated maps, short films and audio. They can also explore more general concepts of narrative, character and performance in the virtual world.

The project combines the talents of Journalist/Filmmaker Emma Lennox and illustrator/writer Mitch Miller, drawing on, film, illustration, photography and new media to tell the story of their pursuit of the world’s ‘first documentarian’.  

The narrative begins in Glasgow, then unfolds in a serious of episodes at each of the locations on the Documentary journey – Edinburgh, London (in four locations in the city), Mull (the isle of Inchkenneth, just off the coast) and Auchinleck.  You can visit each of these in sequence, or at any time through clicking on the interactive map on the home page.

Boswell in Space is a unique interactive experience. To follow the whole story takes over 2 hours, so we would recommend taking it an episode at  a time at your own leisure. Each episode (with the exception of the prelude in Glasgow) consists of a specially drawn, animated ‘dialectogram’ illustration of Boswell’s experiences and those of Lennox and Miller as they follow in his footsteps. The website uses sound and vision, so make sure you are in a place where you can listen!


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Boswell in Space was one of the projects awarded cash from the Central Station Members Fund.