Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences): Alan Clarke’s ELEPHANT

Elephant Alan Clarke

Via the depiction of a series of anonymous murders drawn from real police reports during the late 1980s, Clark offers a highly original, affecting look at the troubles in Northern Ireland. Conceived by Danny Boyle during his tenure at the BBC, Clarke’s film is especially noteworthy for its use of Steadicam 16mm in its view of the Northern Irish countryside gripped by fear, but also for its unflinching—and at the time highly controversial—view on the intense social issues on the forefront of the nation’s mind. (39 mins.)



ELEPHANT screens Thursday, May 21 at 8:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of our Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences) series.

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