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New Numbers

Stephen Sutcliffe

UK, 2012
9 minutes, 49 seconds, Colour, Stereo
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

This video is ostensibly a reworking of the closed circuit TV scene from the 1967 film ‘Charlie Bubbles’, employing a structure suggested by Robbe-Grillett’s book “For a New Novel” by recounting each character’s separate memories of a drunken return home (minus the drunkest who will no doubt remember nothing). Christopher Logue’s Poem “He was a youth from the suburbs” from his 1969 collection ‘New Numbers’ is repeated from different points to suggest a possible internal monologue for each of the cast, whether they are reading a magazine, reminiscing an affair or recounting a formative experience.