UK / Duration 8m 21s / 2012
“A year after my father’s death in 2005, my grieving mother began to receive notes from her elderly neighbour. The notes were ‘posted’ through the privet hedge that separates their two neat bungalows. Five years later she had collected over a hundred notes not including the ones she had thrown back over the hedge. In these notes my Mother is accused of conducting an affair with the neighbour’s son, a middle-aged bachelor who never left home and warned to stay away from him.”
‘Come in and see the bed’ tells the story of the notes using a combination of still photographs, personal narration and observational material. The result is a film that explores themes of place, loss and obsession.
Simon Aeppli was born in Belfast in 1972 and grew up in the small village of Eden, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He studied film at Newport Film School in the early 90’s were he developed an interest in artist film and video, which was nurtured further in the Time Based Media department of Cardiff Art School. Since then Simon has worked predominately with single screen digital video creating work that uses personal and subjective forms of documentary and essay film. His films focus on place and memory and use the landscape of his hometown of Eden, Northern Ireland as a site for investigation. His films have been screened at festivals throughout Britain and abroad and broadcast on Channel 4, FIVE and ITV London. Film London, Arts Council, England and Wellcome Trust have commissioned his films.
Simon is a lecturer on BA Film Production at the University for Creative Arts, Farnham and works as a tutor for the Documentary Filmmakers Group.