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Patrick Jolley and Reynold Reynolds

2002, 8mm film transferred to HD, colour, sound, 10 mins

A burning interior is the setting for the third Jolley-Reynolds collaboration Burn. The protagonists treat the fire as a mild annoyance, indifferent to the disaster that is engulfing them. The film is comic in a world-weary, Beckett-like way. It is also strangely engrossing—in the burning interior survival seems incidental, the characters accepting as much as unaware. There is no sense of panic or shock, but rather a humorous, wry understanding of the refusal to see the unpalatable truths of the human condition.

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