Transformation, hauntings and strategies of activism are some of Lucy Parker’s concerns in Persuasion. Researched and shot in Berwick, Parker developed the film through meetings with activists and organisers within the community. Within the film, campaign strategies of canvasing, debate, open air speaking and direct action are voiced over a radio broadcast and activities are portrayed through documentation of a meeting to counter a far right demonstration and a staged occupation against cuts to public services.
Parker began by researching characters depicted in 19th century novels for whom an unexplainable spiritual encounter challenges rational empiricism. This crisis is mapped onto a 21st century schism, where challenging the divisive structures of capitalism leads to punishment for those who ‘know too much’.
In the film, empowerment returns to the hands of the activist, as storyteller, Tam Dean Burn tells the tale of Slippery Jane, who seeks asylum in a public library. The story is adapted from Ferdinand Zecca’s 1910 magnificent trickery film Slippery Jim.
Made with special thanks to all participants: actors, extras and interviewees.
Festival Commisson with Berwick Visual Arts
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