Peter (Dir. Jane Topping, 2014) re-frames a classic of dystopian cinema (Blade Runner, 1982, dir. Ridley Scott) with the intention of positioning the artist within the text and so implying that such radical gestures are not only warranted and necessary, but also implicit in the contemporary viewer’s experience of watching film.
Peter manipulates found footage and narrative voice in order to reveal difficulties of viewer identification when watching Blade Runner. Peter makes use of wholesale appropriation of ‘facts’, both visual and textual, personal and public, in order to create a new reality around the film. The use of personal biography and the trope of the unreliable narrator are key elements in the discussion of the illusive nature of truth at the core of Peter.
Winner: Best PKD Short Film, 2017 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, New York
French premier at The 12th International Festival Signes de Nuit, September 15 – 21, Studio des Ursulines & Institut Finlandais, Paris 2014. Screened in the No Budget Competition, 31st Hamburg International Short Film Festival, 2015.