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About Pope & Guthrie
Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie are the writers and directors of Bata-ville and also appear as hostesses throughout the film. They have collaborated as visual artists for the last decade and in 2001 founded Somewhere - which co-produced Bata-ville, their first full-length film.
Bata-ville sees Pope & Guthrie reprise their roles as hostesses - first seen in their webcast project '/broadcast/' (1999) where they produced a live interpretation of Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' for Tate Modern (London). In Bata-ville, they appear in distinctive costume, adopting the roles of travel guides and interpreters for their passengers whilst also pursuing the film's themes with the recurring question Are you afraid of the future?, posed to a succession of interviewees which include workers at an airplane factory and cemetery.