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By Meg Harris Williams

The contents of this ebook characterize a chain of experiments in dramatizing Bion’s A Memoir of the Future, the first one being an unfinished movie all started in India within the Eighties and directed through Kumar Shahani, "epic" artfilm maker, such a lot of whose motion pictures were produced in Hindi. The movie used to be encouraged and initiated by means of Bombay psychoanalyst Udayan Patel, and backed through the Roland Harris academic belief. the forged of actors incorporated Jalal Agha, Tom modify, Robert Burbage, Nicholas Clay, Neil Cunningham, Carol Drinkwater, Peter Firth, Nigel Hawthorne, Shona Morris, Jonathan web page (as a child), Angela Pleasence, Juliet Reynolds, and Alaknanda Samarth.

The filmscript and a observation are right here incorporated, including a story poem written for Alaknanda Samarth who performed the Ayah of Bion’s youth, and a playscript written for Tom regulate who performed the daddy. The play is because of be first played in Bombay and Delhi in February 2016.

An appendix reprints a psychoanalytic learn of Memoir by way of Donald Meltzer, who was once heavily concerned about the construction of the unique film.

The e-book is illustrated by means of screenshots from the movie and the publication includes video extracts.

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Focussing in on BION and COLMAN (his schoolteacher) together in a rowing boat in a channel of water flowing through mudflats. BION: At school I always felt you disliked me. I thought you wanted Maynard to win. The classics scholar. He was your favourite pupil, we all knew that. COLMAN: To win what, exactly? A young boy running, in India, with trains in the distance, as if he is running a race with the trains. Voice-over (BION): (chanting in train-like rhythm) I had to win at any cost. I did win.

MRS RHODES gets down and moves away, whimpering. KATHLEEN laughs coarsely. KATHLEEN: No, come back! MRS RHODES hesitates. KATHLEEN: Come back this instant! MRS RHODES rises and comes over. KATHLEEN: Brush my hair. MRS RHODES (brushing her hair): Kathleen, why am I so happy? I adore you … I sometimes wonder why I didn’t learn to be a maid before I became a matron. Is it because I didn’t know my proper station in life? KATHLEEN: No, it’s because your husband is a bastard. Like all men. MRS RHODES: Your language!

The river merges into newsreel shots of lines of refugees. Meanwhile Colman recites from Paradise Lost: Voice-over (COLMAN): All in bright array The Cherubim descended: on the ground Gliding meteorous, as evening mist Risen from a river o’er the marish glides, And gathers ground fast at the labourer’s heel Homeward returning. High in front advanced, The brandished sword of God before them blazed Fierce as a comet … SEQUENCE K The Party of Time Past [FILMED SCENE]: A party is in progress in the British Museum.

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