Can I say I am a fan of Donald Sutherland? No, I cannot. Can I say I am fan of a certain span of Donald ‘time’? Yes, I can. The experimental essay presented here is part of an ongoing series of works where I interpolate with a selection of films starring Donald. I work only with films made between 1970 to 1980; critically acclaimed works such as 1900 (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1976); Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973) and M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970), as well as frat films such Animal House and The Kentucky Fried Movie (John Landis, 1978 and 1977 respectively). I attend to, scrutinise, each film with the same dedication and patience. Put simply, I like the way he looks during this decade. There is shame in this admission, and this shame, this adolescent prurience, is central to my project. I can’t help looking. There is a little more. A hand gesture, an avian twitch that Donald tests in Kelly’s Heroes (Brian G. Hutton, 1970) and calcifies in Ordinary People (Robert Redford, 1980). I am tracking the development of this movement with the zeal of a Victorian anthropologist. This is my method.
|Title of host publication||Fandom as Methodology|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Sourcebook for Artists and Writers|
|Editors||Catherine Grant, Kate Random Love|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2019|