Artist explores mystery of Orford

A MYSTERIOUS corner of the Suffolk countryside is the focus for a new film looking at its secret military history.

A MYSTERIOUS corner of the Suffolk countryside is the focus for a new film looking at its secret military history.

Filmmaker Emily Richardson's latest work Cobra Mist explores the landscape and the history of Orford Ness, a former site of secret military testing during the World Wars and Cold War.

Former activity at the ex-military site has been shrouded in secrecy and remains top secret due to the Official Secrets Act preventing publication of any information.

Ms Richardson said the unusual past associated with the nature reserve prompted her to delve deeper and try to uncover some unanswered questions by examining the landscape.

She said: “Much of what went on at Orford Ness is still under the Official Secrets Act, this really fascinated me and was what I wanted to explore in the film - what could the architecture itself reveal or hint at?

“There's no prescribed story but many stories can be read from the film, depending on how you want to look at it.”

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The title of the film was taken from the code name given to a top secret operation to develop an over the horizon radar system during the Cold War on Orford Ness.

Cobra Mist will be screened at the Tate Modern in London tomorrow, along with six other contemporary artist's films.