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The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Who Lived for Twenty and Eight Years All Alone On an Inhabited Island and Said It Was His. (2023)

Dir: Benjamin Deboosere, 2023, Belgium, 75 minutes, Cert: 18 (TBA)

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Fri 26 July // 20:00

Tickets: £5 (full)

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Fresh out of Rotterdam Film Festival's Bright Future Competition 2023 comes this singular fable which reimagines the classic tale of Robinson Crusoe whilst he engages with life on the island and a pack of non-binary goats. A weird and wonderful conceptual art debut worth a consideration!

This film is not just an adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. Rather, it addresses the larger cultural myth that has grown from the premise of the book: a white man ‘civilising’ indigenous inhabitants of an island, and claiming the territory as his own property. In a time today when the call to decolonise the artworld and its associated institutions has never been more urgent, Deboosere’s cinematic intervention resonates with a large body of work seeking to destabilise and replace the ideology of imperialism. The result is a singular, subversive film, satirical and surprisingly charming at the same time, which makes sure to pay just as much attention to animals and the natural world as to the follies of human- constructed ‘anthropocene’ history.