The Man Who Fell to Millom

Topping, Jane ORCID logo ORCID: (2022) The Man Who Fell to Millom. Gothic Nature, 3 (Spring). pp. 471-474.

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The Man Who Fell to Millom (2018) is an atmospheric video which uses cut-up and collage techniques to suggest an alternative SF narrative for the Cumbrian coastal town of Millom. The work engages with the notion of a ‘haunted shore’ by examining and then re-framing the postindustrial present of a once thriving community. The Man Who Fell to Millom gathers textures of the Cumbrian landscape, memories of its people and the contradictory sounds of nature and technology, of geology and the digital. Beginning on a calm shoreline, the film tells the absurd tale of a creature—perhaps awakened by iron ore mining works or perhaps deliberately hewn from the stone beneath Millom—and the humanoid that opposes it. The viewer follows in the footsteps of a hooded figure, literally a man who fell to Earth (David Bowie in Nicolas Roeg’s 1975 film), as ‘he’ walks a rocky coastal landscape and navigates a towering slagheap, pursuing the ominous presence which seems to threaten the past inhabitants of Millom.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Gothic Nature
Publisher: Elizabeth Parker and Harriet Stilley
ISSN: 2632-4628
Departments: Institute of Arts > Fine and Applied Arts
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2023 16:26
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 13:15


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