Excerpt from Peter Greenaway’s ‘The Falls’ (1980).
To accompany her exhibition ‘Flight,’ Lisa Stansbie has chosen to host a special film screening of the ‘The Falls’ directed by Peter Greenaway. Lisa will introduce the film and discuss its significance to her practice.
The world has been struck by a mysterious incident called the “Violent Unknown Event” or VUE, which has killed many people and left a great many survivors suffering from a common set of symptoms: mysterious ailments (some appearing to be mutations of evolving into a bird-like form), dreaming of water (categorised by form, such as Category 1, Flight, or Category 3, Waves) and becoming obsessed with birds and flight. Many of the survivors have been gifted with new languages. They have also stopped aging, making them immortal (barring disease or injury).
A directory of these survivors has been compiled, and ‘The Falls’ is presented as a film version of an excerpt from that directory, corresponding to the 92 entries for persons whose surnames begin with the letters FALL-. Not all of the 92 entries correspond to a person – some correspond to deleted entries, cross references and other oddities of the administrative process that has produced the directory. One biography concerns two people – the twin brothers Ipson and Pulat Fallari, who are played (in still photographs) by the Brothers Quay.
Admission free but places are limited.
Please see the attached flyer and RSVP to Catriona McAra if you are interested in booking a seat: firstname.lastname@example.org