Suky Best & Rory Hamilton Clip from Train Hold-up 2005, DVD © Suky Best, Rory Hamilton



Suky Best and Rory Hamilton’s collaborative animations take archetypal scenes from classic cowboy movies and remove everything but the silhouette of the hero (and his horse) in order to explore his mythic status and the filmic structures that support this. For the artists the cowboy represents ‘a heroic symbol.’ Best and Hamilton direct our attention at certain moments which, despite the lack of visual information given, are instantly recognizable as conforming to narrative conventions of the cowboy genre: a stranger arriving in town, a gunfight in a bar, a train hold-up. The original films themselves are unidentified but nonetheless familiar.