Locked in a Way

Locked in a Way is a collaboration between filmmaker Matthew Hayes and dance artist Victoria Mohr-Blakeney.

This short film explores the confining and isolating landscape of grief. It features the last recorded conversation between Victoria and her mother Renate Mohr, as they speak about a creative collaboration they are not able to finish before Renate’s death.

Locked in a Way offers a brief intimate space wherein a mother’s voice and a daughter’s body connect across time, space and even death.

Creative team

Writers/directors/producers: Matthew Hayes, Victoria Mohr-Blakeney

Filmmakers’ statement

Matthew Hayes’ and Victoria Mohr-Blakeney’s cinematic practice centres on the intersection between various forms of storytelling including movement, voice, site and cinematography. Matthew is interested in the languages of body and film, and their ability to build meaning via non-narrative approaches to storytelling.

About Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes is an award-winning independent filmmaker and PhD candidate at Trent University. He has made over 10 short films which have screened throughout Canada, the US and Europe.

He recently completed his debut feature-length documentary, Pushback, about poverty and homelessness in Peterborough, Ontario.

About Victoria Mohr-Blakeney

Victoria Mohr-Blakeney

Victoria Mohr-Blakeney is a curator and writer with a focus on curating contemporary dance and performance. She has curated/co-curated performance and visual art exhibitions in gallery, theatre and site-specific settings including Harbourfront Centre, CB Gallery, Edward Day Gallery, Artspace, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Citadel, George Brown School of Design, Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Nuit Blanche and Artsweek Peterborough.

Victoria has worked alongside Bridget Moser, Ame Henderson, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Public Energy and Dance Collection Danse. She holds an MFA in criticism and curatorial practice from OCAD University.

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