RADIO MANIA: AN ABANDONED WORK

TWO CHANNEL STEREOSCOPIC 3D VIDEO INSTALLATION WITH AMBISONIC SOUND. 29 MINUTES (2009)

Taking as its starting point 1922 3D film The Man from M.A.R.S., Radio Mania: An Abandoned Work is part film, part rehearsal, captured using contemporary 3D video and audio technologies. Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard set about creating a contemporary adaptation of this silent film, transporting the viewer into the centre of a rehearsal capturing the actors, artists and musicians at work. Kevin Eldon (Big Train, Hot Fuzz) stars alongside Caroline Catz (Doc Martin), Terrence Hardiman (The Demon Headmaster) and the legendary Fenella Fielding (Carry On Screaming). Soundtracked by a live band led by Nick Plytas, it also features a Martian dance by comedy actors Ben Crompton, Iain Lee and Ben Moor.


PRODUCTION STILL BY JAMES ROYALL

The Man from M.A.R.S. was made in 1922 to demonstrate ‘Teleview’, a stereoscopic motion picture system created by Laurens Hammond who later went on to invent the Hammond Organ. The film played for 24 days in a New York cinema before closing, after which neither Teleview nor the 3D film was seen again. A 2D version now forms part of the BFI National Archive. Forsyth and Pollard’s project was filmed in a single take at Twickenham Film Studios, with a script by writer and novelist Kirk Lake.

Forsyth and Pollard’s practice revels in the grey edges of science and the idea of haunted media. Here they stage an unmissable, entertaining and immersive installation summoning an atmosphere mixing the theatricality of the stage and the illusionism of cinema. The work occupies a state between extended reality and hallucination.


PRODUCTION STILL BY JAMES ROYALL

Radio Mania: An Abandoned Work was commissioned by the BFI, and was at the BFI Southbank Gallery from 8 May until 11 July 2009.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Radio Mania: An Abandoned Work at IMBb
The Man From M.A.R.S. (1922) at IMDb

All production stills by James Royall