Lune

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LUNE was a film made during my last year of the MFA at Glasgow School of Art. It tells the story of Mary Toft, a young woman from Goldaming, who in 1726 claimed that a diet of rabbit meet and dreams of rabbits led to a reoccurring monstrous birth of rabbits corpses… The cycle of life, as often depicted by a ring of three hares, is shown here as the continual birth and consumption of rabbit fur. Mary Toft is played by Sam Rose Kelly, herself a formidable rabbit hunter.

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“Nothing about her is human except that she is not a wolf; it is as if the fur she thought she wore had melted into her skin and become part of it, although it does not exist.”

Angela Carter. Wolf-Alice, taken from The Bloody Chamber and other stories. London : Vintage, 1995

LUNE 2008

High definition digital film
Soundtrack in collabortaion with Baldvin Ringstead

 

Monstrosities of all stripes were exhibited at fairs and freak shows, if under the respectable cover of pious and didactic rhetoric. (Monstrum, the Latin term, means something put on show.) The town gawped at a verible Gulliver’s parade of limbless midgets, giants, hunger-artists, hermaphrodites, stone-eaters – and, most bizarrely if briefly, Mary Toft, the Godalming peasant who claimed to give birth to litters of Rabbits. Talked up first by a local doctor and then by leading London medical men, Toft went on to display in 1726 in a Leicester Square bagnio, and inevitably became the subject of Hogarth’s satirical eye (illus 18).

Roy Porter, Bodies politic : disease, death and doctors in Britain. London : Reaktion, 2001. Page 53

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