CONTENT

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CONTENT

Chris Petit
GB/USA, 2010
Documentaries, 77min, OF

CONTENT

Chris Petit
GB/USA, 2010
Documentaries, 77min, OF

Cast: 
Stimme
Hanns Zischler
Screenplay: 
Chris Petit
Ian Penman
Sound: 
Nigel Edwards
Camera: 
Chris Petit
Editor: 
Emma Matthews
Composer: 
Antye Greie

Production: 
Illuminations Films
World Sales: 
Illuminations Films
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color

Content could be classified as an essay film, but it’s less essayistic than aphoristic. This isn’t to say that it’s disconnected or incoherent: Chris Petit himself has called Content a “21st-century road movie, ambient”, and its reflections on ageing and parenthood, terrorism and new media are woven into a consistency that’s non-linear, but certainly not fragmentary. Content is about “correspondence”, in different senses of the word. It was in part generated by electronic correspondence between Petit and his two major collaborators: writer Ian Penman (whose text is voiced by the German actor Hanns Zischler) and the German musician Antye Greie. Penman’s text is a series of reflections on the subject of email, that “anonymous yet intimate” ethereal communication. Some of Penman’s disquisitions on email are accompanied by images of postcards – the poignant tactility of this obsolete form of correspondence all the more affecting because the senders and addressees are now forgotten. (Mark Fisher)