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IFI & DARKLIGHT: ROBINSON IN SPACE

Director: PATRICK KEILLER

82 minutes| U.K.| 1997| Colour| 35mm


Robinson in Space is a study of England’s economic and cultural geography suggested by Daniel Defoe’s Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain, in which an unseen ‘researcher’ named Robinson is commissioned by ‘a well-known international advertising agency’ to undertake a study of the ‘problem’ of England. It is not stated in the film what this problem is, but there are images of Eton, Oxford and Cambridge, some ports and a lot of factories, and a few references to sex. Robinson quotes Oscar Wilde: ‘It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.’

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