PREVIEW: The End Of Civilisation @ Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
By Andrew Openshaw on July 3, 2012 in Film
Douglas Gordon, who was the first video artist to ever win the prestigious Turner Prize, is to première his new film at Newcastle’s Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July. The End Of Civilisation was filmed in Cumbria at Hadrian’s Wall, on the old Roman border with Scotland. It is the first time the Scotsman has ever made a film in Britain.
Gordon’s most well known works have included Zidane, Un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait) which captured the legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane during one game of the 2006 Spanish La Liga season, using 17 cameras situated around the pitch. It famously showed Zidane being sent off near the end of the game, following a brawl. His 1993 film, 24 Hour Psycho, was basically Hitchcock’s movie Psycho slowed down so that it lasted for 24 hours. He also created the visuals for singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwirght’s All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu tour in 2010.
This time Gordon’s film overlooks a burning ‘beacon’ on what he describes as a ‘barbarian border’ – the beacon being a grand piano which represents ‘one of the western world’s great icons’, with the burning serving as both a warning and a celebration. The event is part of the wider Cultural Olympiad celebrations, in the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Screenings will take place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July and have been described as a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience by London 2012 Festival organisers.
Tickets are free and only available from http://festival.london2012.com/events/9000965131
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