Sunday, January 27, 2008

Home movies

Having recently been quite saddened by the announcement of J.G. Ballard's ill health (there were vague rumours last year at the Norwich conference on his work, but nothing definite) I'm pleased to be able to announce something more positive.

In conjunction with the upcoming publication of Ballard's (much awaited, at least in these here parts) memoir, Miracles of Life, Ballardian has announced the 1st Ballardian Festival of Home Movies.

The rules:

1. Shoot a film using your mobile phone’s video function, no more than one minute in duration, and using no post-production or processing — the film must be shot entirely ‘in camera’.
2. The theme: anything at all to do with either one or both of the Collins English Dictionary definitions of ‘Ballardian’:

(adj) 1. of James Graham Ballard (J.G. Ballard; born 1930), the British novelist, or his works. (2) resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in Ballard’s novels & stories, esp. dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes & the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments.

There are prizes to be won.

Full information is available from Ballardian.

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