Arterial explores the themes of ennui, lust and the impact of industrialisation on the natural environment.
The film is set in London and the Thames Estuary - an area of heavy industrialisation and urbanisation that contrasts with the lush natural environment.
Important influences on the film include thinkers such as Walter Benjamin and Henri Lefebvre, landscape artists including Samuel Blake and Paul Nash and the work of writers and artists such as Arthur Machen, J.G. Ballard, Iain Sinclair and Patrick Keiller.
Filmmakers and photographers whose work has work has had an influence on the film include Chris Petit, Michelangelo Antonioni, Nicolas Roeg, Dan Holdsworth and Mitch Epstein.