No.11 AFW+NFSA – James Benning Landscape Suicide

Thursday 25 June 2015 – 7.30pm for an 8pm start

Cost – $15 for three consecutive NFSA screenings


Landscape Suicide is a formal reflection on the relationship of the violent acts of two well-known but very different American murderers – a junior high school co-ed Bernadette Protti & the Wisconsin grave robber and psychopath Ed Gein – and the environments in which these acts took place. A dialectic is brought into play between the formally elegant and slightly surreal compositions, narrativity, the characterisation of the actors and the ‘reality’ of their responses to questions drawn from transcripts. Despite the nature of the material the effect is neither exploitative nor analytic in the conventional sense but, as an experiment in narrativity, curiously meditative. 

(Total running time 96 mins)