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Paul Rooney: La Decision Doypack


This newly commissioned film was inspired by an online memoir by an Australian man, holding a managerial position within the food industry. He briefly related his experiences in Paris on the evening of 10 May 1968, a crucial turning point in the protests when students first clashed with police.

Extending the characterisation, the businessman was also an amateur poet and drama enthusiast. His dreamlike description of the events on the Parisian streets was interposed with the story of an acting class that he attended a few weeks before his trip. The theme of theatrical artifice, and more particularly the distance between art and life (a crucial problem for the participants of the events of 1968) was reinforced by the poetic language and references to acting, and reached a climax in a humorous, poetic and disturbing act of fantasy at the end of the film. Indicative of his desperate inability to understand events around him, it also sadly demonstrated his unfulfilled creative potential.

Shot in the University's drama studio, and involving 8 university drama students, the performers attempted to visualize a series of emotive scenes, such as the descriptions of the clamour of city streets during an uprising. These shots were deliberately inadequate to represent the story as it is told, and while they were often awkward and comical, they also possessed a simplified poetic clarity. 

Paul Rooney works in a range of media including film, video, sound and web-based projects, as well as writing texts, which are an integral part of his practice. His work approaches the subject of history through the individual memories of characters he invents or finds online. 

Craig Coulthard

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Oliver Ressler

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