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The Edge Is Where The Centre Is The Edge Is Where The Centre Is

The first book devoted to Penda's Fen, a visionary and - until now - never-commercially-released film, has at its heart a rare and far-ranging interview with its writer David Rudkin (b. 1936), who for more than fifty years has, in the words of Gareth Evans, “charted a vast topology of viscerally-realised primary narratives for our troubled times”.

The first book devoted to Penda's Fen, a visionary and - until now - never-commercially-released film, has at its heart a rare and far-ranging interview with its writer David Rudkin (b. 1936), who for more than fifty years has, in the words of Gareth Evans, “charted a vast topology of viscerally-realised primary narratives for our troubled times”.

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Penda’s Fen, written by David Rudkin and directed by Alan Clarke, is one of the key films in the pantheon of what has been called The Old Weird Albion. A radical archaeology of Deep England, a work of dark pastoral, a praise-song to anarchistic transformation, as militant a rejection of imperial identity as Lindsay Anderson’s If…, it culminates with perhaps the most euphoric revelation in British cinema: “My race is mixed. My sex is mixed. I am woman and man, light with darkness, nothing pure!”

The Edge Is Where The Centre Is, the first book devoted to this visionary and - until now - never-commercially-released film, has at its heart a rare and far-ranging interview with Rudkin (b. 1936), a writer who for more than fifty years has, in the words of Gareth Evans, “charted a vast topology of viscerally-realised primary narratives for our troubled times”. It also features new essays by its editors — Gareth Evans, William Fowler and Sukhdev Sandhu – that explore the film’s status as a radical horror film, an experimental topography, a work that anticipates subsequent political debates about Englishness.

The Edge Is Where The Centre Is is the second edition of a Risograph book, originally produced in a very limited edition of 200 copies, and includes a flexi-disc featuring a specially-commissioned and supremely disorientating Mordant Music 'sound smear' of a recording of David Rudkin.

Penda’s Fen, written by David Rudkin and directed by Alan Clarke, is one of the key films in the pantheon of what has been called The Old Weird Albion. A radical archaeology of Deep England, a work of dark pastoral, a praise-song to anarchistic transformation, as militant a rejection of imperial identity as Lindsay Anderson’s If…, it culminates with perhaps the most euphoric revelation in British cinema: “My race is mixed. My sex is mixed. I am woman and man, light with darkness, nothing pure!”

The Edge Is Where The Centre Is, the first book devoted to this visionary and - until now - never-commercially-released film, has at its heart a rare and far-ranging interview with Rudkin (b. 1936), a writer who for more than fifty years has, in the words of Gareth Evans, “charted a vast topology of viscerally-realised primary narratives for our troubled times”. It also features new essays by its editors — Gareth Evans, William Fowler and Sukhdev Sandhu – that explore the film’s status as a radical horror film, an experimental topography, a work that anticipates subsequent political debates about Englishness.

The Edge Is Where The Centre Is is the second edition of a Risograph book, originally produced in a very limited edition of 200 copies, and includes a flexi-disc featuring a specially-commissioned and supremely disorientating Mordant Music 'sound smear' of a recording of David Rudkin.

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SKU 2100000033355
Author(s) Conts: David Rudkin, Gareth Evans, Sukhdev Sandhu, Will Fowler et al
Subtitle David Rudkin and Penda's Fen: An Archaeology
Publisher(s) Texte Und Tone
Format Paperback
Original publication date 2015
Edition 2nd
Number of pages 100

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