Proposal, for an Unmade Film (Set in the Future)

Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2007. Proposal, for an Unmade Film (Set in the Future). [Film/Video]

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Creators: Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham
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Shot on the island of Lanzarote Proposal for an unmade film (set in the future) weaves together the extraordinary, shattered, volcanic landscape of the Timonfaya National Park and the ‘retro-futuristic’ utopian architecture of artist César Manrique.
Proposal... implies that it is assembled from ‘location recce’ and audition footage; the by-product of a pre-production process for a low budget science fiction film/architectural documentary, developed this far, abandoned, and only later discovered in an archive.
The suggested narrative that emerges from this found footage is that of a visitor attempting to create a paradise on earth – a story apparently influenced by Nick Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth – in which volcanic bubbles become time capsules, buildings become space ships and sculptural mobiles become radio antenna.

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16mm; Duration: 21:00 mins; Distributed by LUX

Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Date range: 7/10/2007
Related URL:, httP://
Item ID: 730
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 15:41
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 14:55


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