Falls Burns Malone Fiddles

by Campbell, Duncan

Video 2004


“Campbell produced the enigmatic yet compelling Fall Burns Malone Fiddles by piecing together a series of black and white still images of young working class people and depressed neighbourhoods, sourced from a Belfast archive. The soundtrack to this montage of photographs was the Edinburgh-born actor Ewan Bremner (perhaps best known as Spud in the film Trainspotting) reading a rhythmic monologue, which combined excerpts of dense sociological theory with looser, stream of consciousness passages.” - Sarah Lowndes "Duncan Campbell's film Falls Burns Malone Fiddles draws out the processes whereby people do nothing and something happens. It is a sort of aestheticisation of everyday existence visible in the hairstyles, the fashions and aspirations of the moment. This style of documentary film with an off screen voice-over combined with still images and bootlegged sources brings to mind the work of John T Davis and Chris Marker. Duncan's work is built up from Belfast community photographic archives and partakes in and comments on the DIY aesthetic that comes with these sources." - Mike Kelly


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