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Synopsis

Dallas plays with the eponymous nature of this TV series, broadcast in many countries, it became a short hand for both American glamour and corruption, and indeed both repelled and seduced audiences in its relentless drama of power play and cliché. Here, in Dallas, the entire viewing-year of 1980 - a total of 18 episodes – is compressed into a 50-min, all-at-once experience. As text is layered over text, the compression and corruption here is spatial and temporal. The ghostly figures loom in a milky underworld, moving around a familiar scape of Texas with its skyscrapers and vast landscapes. In a way, what we are presented with promises to be in some way an ‘essence’, an undiluted version of the ‘original’ and to an extent this is true. Yet there is also a haunting quality to this work, where iconic faces loom, notorious events referenced and lines delivered; yet there is a disjunction at the heart of Dallas. It is a culture that is at once familiar and disorientating, Dallas appears to be a dreamscape of different order, more nightmare than escapist.

Details

Year
2006
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
50 mins
Format
DVD
Director
Sheena Macrae

Genre

Production Company

Macrae Productions
2nd Floor 210 Commercial Road
London
E1 2JT
UK

info@sheenamacrae.com