A screening of films specially selected to accompany Daphne Wright's Emotional Archaeology.
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), the first feature film by legendary director Peter Greenaway, is a highly stylised period-drama. Focused on an arrangement between an aristocratic woman and an arrogant young draughtsman, who agrees to exchange sexual favours in return for a series of drawings of her estate, the plot goes on to encompass a murder mystery. Precise narrative resolutions are avoided however, in favour of an arch and witty style which revels in the declamatory vocal delivery of the main characters, and the slight though deliberate skewing of various period details. The score by Michael Nyman, drawing heavily on the music of the 17th century English composer Henry Purcell, testifies to one of the most celebrated creative partnerships in British film making.
Peter Greenaway, UK, 1h 48min, Cert 15