God View

From an unusual perspective, we follow Philip around his neighbourhood in Hackney, East London. He is unstable and misses his wife and daughter very much

Meet Phil. Today is his young daughter’s birthday. On this special occasion, British filmmaker Billy Lumby gives us a unique bird’s eye view into Phil’s psyche as he makes the journey to her backyard birthday party. Surrounded by balloons, the omnipresent camera gaze captures Phil at a point of crisis.

God View (2011) offers a harrowing glimpse into mental illness, a subject Lumby recently returned to in his 2015 film Samuel-613. He said, “I guess both the films are about someone going through a crisis, suffering a kind of breakdown.” Despite the religious connotations in Lumby’s work, he said, “God View isn't so much a religious film, it's just the name of the point-of-view used, although you could see it as God watching if you wanted.”