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Include Me Out
of the partisans manifesto

https://vimeo.com/51669393

 

 

 


 
 
Short synopsis:
With Include Me Out of the partisans manifesto, we find a suburban couple battling through the apparent obliteration of their shared experience. As their DVD collection is painstakingly broken up and recycled, the male character works through inner torment interspersed with his dreams of what could have been. The film adopts several cinematic tropes to address the cyclical nature of ideas and how process implicates content.

 

In this film a couple have an argument over the destruction and recycling of their DVD collection. The script was developed from a catalogue essay on Phelan’s work by Tony White who used notes given by the artist to construct a parallel narrative about Phelan’s practice. The film’s seemingly ordinary narrative is complicated by an intense internal monologue which shifts the tension to address the cyclical nature of ideas and how process implicates content. While the characters could represent Phelan, the story is not so literal and it is more the process they engage in that makes the connection.

The dialogue and voice-over is not so straight forward however as the narrative described above as the writer, Tony White, has a unique approach to writing fiction. He uses chunks of appropriated text derived from non-fictional sources, as he describes it “cutting-up, remixing and re-narrativising fragments”. These included the Žižek notes plus chunks from a recycling website, an Indian site explaining papier-mâché, a text about motoring in the Balkans, and partial transcripts from the Slobodan Milosevic war crimes tribunal.

The design of the film also adds a further narrative layer. The styling, costumes and music soundtrack are based on Gattaca, the 1997 science fiction film yet share none of the genetic–determinist content that the film grapples with. There is however an interesting connection to the debate the film stirred through its flawed science and heroic tragedy not unlike some of the key arguments made by Žižek. Overall the piece takes on the diegesis of the cinematic narrative, only to fall short and end without full closure.

'Include Me Out' by Tony White was commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin for the publication accompanying the exhibition Alan Phelan: Fragile Absolutes, IMMA, Dublin, Chapter Arts, Cardiff and Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick (2009-2012). Tony White was Leverhulme Trust writer in residence at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London.

 

 


Directed and Produced by Alan Phelan
Based on the short story 'Include Me Out' by Tony White

Cast
Brendan Mc Cormack
Joanne Crawford

Music
Michael Fleming

Cinematography
Luca Rocchini

Editor
Alan Phelan

Casting
Ali Coffey,
Halina Froudist, Thyrza Ging

Art Direction and Costume
Wendy Judge

Hair and Make-up
Bridge Lucey

Production Co-ordinator
Cormac O’Brien

Focus Puller and Camera Assistant
Tommy Fitzgerald

Gaffer and Lighting Assistant
Sarah Dunphy

Sound
Sean Plunkett

Video Assist
Courtyard Studios

Continuity
Cathy Flynn

Locations
Abigail O’Brien and Hugh Bradley
John Davis

Post-production
John Beattie

Colourist
Michael Higgins


With special thanks to: Noel Kelly, Denise Walsh, Trish Perrott, Katherine Maguire, Karl Burke.
Helen Carey, Siobhan O’Reilly, Pippa Little, Mike Fitzpatrick, Sean Kissane, Hannah Firth, Laura Köönikkä, Clodagh Kenny, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Jacinta Lynch, Broadstone Studios, Teach Solais, Vast Valley, Conns Camera, Sonic Recording Studios, Waldorf Barbers, Fishpond, Actors and Movers, MacFarlane Chard Associates.

'Include Me Out' by Tony White was commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin for the publication accompanying the exhibition Alan Phelan: Fragile Absolutes, IMMA, Dublin, Chapter Arts, Cardiff and Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick (2009-2012). Tony White was Leverhulme Trust writer in residence at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London.

Funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

© Alan Phelan 2012