A Song of Ceylon

Australia, 1985

Film
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This film refers not only to Basil Wright’s classic British documentary “The Song of Ceylon” but also to a name erased from the map of the world, for there is no country officially named Ceylon. Invoking this idea of absence the above film pursues a certain phantasy of the body, a somewhat abstract form of the body in extremis, the body in travail, the body in torsion. The extremity in question is around forms of hysteria. A Song of Ceylon explores the narcissistic body, the masochistic body, the hysterical body and maybe a few other bodies in extremis. This is done by bringing together two different theatrical traditions from two different cultures through the mediation of cinematography.

Credits

director

Laleen Jayamanne

Language

English

Duration

00:51:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

35661

Subject categories

Experimental

Experimental → Experimental films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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