Play Me Something

Play Me Something
  • 1989
  • UK
  • 1h 12min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Timothy Neat
  • Cast: John Berger, Tilda Swinton, Hamish Henderson.

In the lounge at Barra's airport, assorted travellers await the fogbound Glasgow plane, and old man Henderson conjures up a storyteller (Berger) to keep them entertained. His story of romance and politics in Venice is transposed against Neat's dislocated images of the city and Swiss lensman Jean Mohr's evocative photographs. The result is an impressive examination of the art of narrative from a celebrated homegrown talent.

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Shot twenty five years ago 'Play Me Something', today, widely recognised as a masterpiece. Winner of the Europa Prize at Barcelona (1989), it was ignored by British critics.

Filmed on the Hebridean Isle of Barra and in Venice, it features Tilda Swindon, Hamish Henderson, Liz Lochhead, Margaret Bennett.

Experimental, modernist, politically challenging, this film links Gaelic culture with Italian folk tradition: beautiful, philosophical, sexually dynamic, intellectual, deeply moving, here is cinema with an eye on the future. John Berger, at the height of his powers, tells a story 'that will have to be seen to be imagined'. See Tilda and die.

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