Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 7:30pm
Is That All There Is?
Is That All There Is? (Lindsay Anderson, 1992)
Introduced by Luke Fowler
Presented in collaboration with X-initiative
For this event, Luke Fowler will discuss the subtle influences and bearing that British filmmaker and founding member of the Free Cinema group Lindsay Anderson has on his practice. The talk will then be followed by a screening of the rare BBC documentary Is That All There Is?, an autobiographical portrait of Anderson himself.
"Lindsay Anderson made his last film, a television documentary for BBC Scotland entitled Is That All There Is?, in 1992. He was asked to produce a documentary 'self-portrait' which allowed him the freedom to create a purely personal piece of work, something he had struggled to do since Britannia Hospital. The film follows a 'typical' day in Anderson's life and starts with Anderson waking to the sound of the news on the radio. A bath, a trip to the shops, and visits from friends and family follow. Anderson is then joined by David Sherwin. Writer and director review the various unrealised projects they are trying to produce with Anderson reading aloud various rejection letters he has received. The film ends with Anderson and friends on a boat on the Thames, scattering the ashes of the actors Rachel Roberts and Jill Bennett into the river. The film is a poignant portrait of the artist as an old man, full of sly humour, sentiment and simmering anger at the wider injustices in the world." - Karl Magee, Archivist, Lindsay Anderson Archives, Stirling University, Scotland
Tickets - $7, available at door.