117 mins – United Kingdom 1969 – Documentary – Dir. Peter Whitehead
Featuring: Peter Whitehead, Alberta Tiburzi and Angelo Mannsraven
Considered by legendary maverick filmmaker Whitehead to be his most important film and recently hailed by The Guardian as “his masterpiece”, The Fall is an extremely personal statement on violence, revolution and the turbulence of late ’60s America that remains a remarkable document of its times. This experimental documentary moves from an intense exploration of the nature of the image in coming to grips with contemporary reality to take its place on the frontlines of the 1968 student occupation of Columbia University and its violent outcome.
We are delighted that Alissa Clarke, co-curator of the Peter Whitehead Archive at De Montfort University, will join us for a discussion of Whitehead’s work after this screening.
|Thurs 23 Jan
|The Fall – part of the Peter Whitehead Double Bill Feature (Phantoscope)
Standard Ticket Prices Apply / Double Bill Ticket (available to purchase at Box Office only: €15/€13)
Phantoscope – Peter Whitehead
Phantoscope, Triskel Christchurch Cinema’s quarterly experimental film programme, presents an evening entirely dedicated to legendary maverick documentary maker Peter Whitehead. One of the most provocative and distinctive voices in British cinema, Whitehead is best remembered as a unique chronicler of ‘60s Swinging London and, in his monumental The Fall (1969), New York.
He was a filmmaker whose work, in the words of Richard Roud, attempted “to come to grips with today, both in terms of its content as well as of its form”. He captured the arrival of Ginsberg and the counterculture in England in Wholly Communion (1965), made the first documentary on the Rolling Stones, and was responsible for what many still consider the definitive film on Swinging London, Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London (1967).
These screenings are Phantoscope’s tribute to Whitehead who passed away last June. We are delighted that Alissa Clarke, co-curator of the Peter Whitehead Archive at De Montfort University, will join us for a discussion of Whitehead’s work at the event.