Thursday, January 10th-Saturday, January 12th, 7:30pm
(A documentary series exploring ‘hybrid films’ that cross the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction traditions.)
Curated by Beyza Boyacioglu
Thursday, January 10th, 7:30pm
Dir. Bart Layton, 2012, 99 min.
A gripping thriller straight out of real life, The Imposter is an original film experience that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery.
The twisting, turning tale begins with an unsettling disappearance – that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors. His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances – but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas.
Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly? Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child . . . who on earth is he? And what really happened to Nicholas?
Friday, January 11th, 7:30pm
Dir. Clio Barnard, 2010, 94 min.
The Arbor tells the powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (“The Arbor,” “Rita, Sue and Bob Too”) and her daughter Lorraine. Andrea Dunbar died tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, leaving ten year old Lorraine with bitter childhood memories. The Arbor catches up with Lorraine in the present day, also aged 29, ostracised from her mother’s family and in prison undergoing rehab. Re-introduced to her mother’s plays and letters, the film follows Lorraine’s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced. Through interviews with other members of the Dunbar family, we see a contrasting view of Andrea, in particular from Lorraine’s younger sister Lisa, who idolises Andrea to this day.
Director Clio Barnard recorded audio interviews with Lorraine Dunbar, other members of the Dunbar family and residents from the Buttershaw Estate over a period of two years. These interviews were edited to form an audio ‘screenplay,’ which forms the basis of the film as actors lip-synch to the voices of the interviewees. This footage was intercut with extensive archive clips as well as extracts from Andrea’s first stage play, “The Arbor,” filmed as a live outdoor performance on the Buttershaw Estate, to an audience of its residents.
Saturday, January 12th, 4:00pm
Dreams of a Life
Dir. Carol Morley, 2011, 95 min.
Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life– not even a photograph. Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life, Dreams of a Life is an imaginative, powerful, multilayered quest, and is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait of London in the eighties—the City, music, and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.
Followed by a Skype Q&A with the director Carol Morley and producer Cairo Cannon.
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Fiction-Non is also an online blog that features blurred genre literature.