Mm: a film about language, masculinity and speedway racing.

Part-feminist linguistic investigation, part-child’s learning tool and celebration of motor sport, a voice-over of words and associations narrates 35mm verité footage of the Berwick Bandits, an all-male Speedway motorcycle team with the mantra ‘No Brakes, No Gears, No Fear’.

A kaleidoscope documentation of spectators, riders, races and bikes, the film searches for and questions meanings through the letter M, the words it forms and what those words signify.

Masculine, motorbike, man, manufactured, manipulated, maintained, marginalized, mandatory, mighty...

Shot on location by Salmon on 35mm film, with the support and collaboration of Berwick Bandits, Mm incorporates the explosive sounds of Speedway alongside voice and music by Scottish post punk all girl band Sacred Paws.

About Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon creates film portraits that weave together poetry and ethnography. Often focusing on individuals in their everyday environments, her films capture the minutiae of daily life and infuse them with gentle grandeur, emotional intensity and formal abstraction. Adapting techniques drawn from various cinematic movements, such as Free Cinema, the European Avant Garde and Italian Neo-Realism, Salmon’s orchestrations of sound and image introduce formal lyricism and abstraction into the tradition of realist film. Margaret Salmon won the first Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006. Her work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale in 2010 and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions as well as film festivals internationally.

Selected filmography

Mm (2017), Eglantine (2016), Bird (2016), Oyster (2014), Pyramid (2014), Gibraltar (2013), Colour Line (2011), Study of man in truck based on the story John told me (2010), Times Square (2010), The Enemies of the Rose (2010), Everything that rises must converge (2010), Hyde Park (2003/2009), Rooms - East New Orleans (2008), Guns Trilogy (2008),Fireman (2008), M 2007 (2007), Ninna Nanna (2007), Ramapo Central (2003), Peggy (2002), M 2002 (2002), P.S. (1998/2001)