A turf war between politicians, planners, gangsters and replicants has erupted in a South London of the near future. The film constructs a visual narrative from London urbanism, interlaced with found Chinese comics, 3D animation, web browsing and shared filmic conventions, carefully weaving between each to create a fast-paced new 'episode of Columbo': "an experimental collage of live action, 3D computer animation and personal film fantasy that takes the viewer on a twisted ride through our collective cultural history.
Douglas Park Appearance in Kane’s Revolution, film, Anthony Gross, London, 2010
Blue ray, 30 min, color
Anthony Gross: KANE’s Revolutions sees Columbo hunt for the gangster criminal KANE in the streets of South London. Using random pages of comic books found in a fleamarket in Shanghai, a narrative is superimposed onto a real site of urban regeneration. In the film, a digital video collage that considers cut-up techniques and stream of consciousness modes, KANE invents a drug called REGENERATION. A film reference-cast of characters occupy this floating digital world, from detectives to replicants, corrupt cops and town mayors. It is about the condition of The Digital — and explores a multitude of media, effects and formats to stitch together the idea of a contemporary place that is made from historical and future fantasy projections.
Douglas Park: The 2nd time in a row, stereotypecast by Anthony Gross as a “Columbo” type personage. Addressing issues of “urban renewal”. Also, live event (with myself and other Kane’s Revolution cast members) at Beaconsfield, project and event space, London, 2010 (Kane’s Revolution being a Beaconsfield commission).
Soundtrack: Anthony Gross. Inc extracts from Zon On N and mystery theme jingle by Jen Wu. Cast: Paul Courtenay Hyu (Chinese Elvis from Old Kent Road), Douglas Park, Thomas O'Malley, Kate Forbes, Simon White, Kit Mlynar, and Colin Saggers, Sam Kemp, and Jerry Francis from Deptford Market. Additional Styling: Kate Forbes with costumes from The Horse Hospital. Filmed on Location at: Elephant and Castle Roundabout, Strata Tower & Silver Cube (Monument to Dr Faraday), The Heygate Estate, Deptford Beach, The Old Deptford Police Station, Rotherhithe river front, Camberwell Trading Estate, Camberwell Snooker Hall, Beaconsfield Gallery and arches. Commissioned by: Beaconsfield