A Map With Gaps is an account of a journey made by the director's father through Soviet Russia in the early 'seventies, in a van he built and named Supervan. Utilising a combination of archive audio recordings, drama reconstruction, still photography and animation, a surreal and comic tale unfolds of 12,000 miles, 14 countries and 26 very peculiar days. Essentially this is a catalogue of minor disasters, a story that demonstrates that fact can indeed be stranger than fiction and sometimes the grey area between the two is the most interesting place to explore, particularly if you forgot to bring a map.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Alice Nelson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. Currently resident in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has a Masters in Fine Art (painting) and a Masters in Film.In 2003, she directed her first film, Vocation, (Producers: Tom Kelly/Lucy Brown) funded through the Small Wonders Scheme/National Lottery.In 2005 she was commissioned by Scottish Documentary Institute to make A Difficult Case (Producers: Jason Hall/Liam Tanner) through the Bridging the Gap documentary funding scheme.She also directed two promo films for the Meningitis Trust and Cove Park Artists’ Residency Centre (Produced by David Smith/GMAC) in 2004.A Map With Gaps is her third short film, which she directed and produced. It was completed in February 2006. So far, A Map With Gaps has been selected for over 20 festivals, including 14th Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal (International Documentary Award Section: Runner Up), Melbourne IFF, Britdoc, Edinburgh IFF (Highly Commended: Short Scottish Documentary Award) ;Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival, Irish Film Institute, Dublin (Winner: Best Short Doc) and Hull International Film Festival (Winner: Best Documentary)Alice was recently commissioned by Channel 4 (Commissioning Editor: Mark Downie) to direct five short documentaries on the greatest scientific hoaxes and scams through history (Producer: Sarah Tierney/Clarity Productions). Science Scams will be broadcast in 2007.In July 2006, Alice received her second commission for Channel 4 with Clarity Productions for a series of four short films on the experiences of dementia sufferers (Commissioning Editor: Kate Vogel / 3MW) also for broadcast in 2007.