Broken Crowns

David Clark

1992, 50:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


Broken Crowns is a post-modern retelling of the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme. Jack is a chemist obsessed with the Periodic Table. His sister, Jill is writing a Freudian analysis of the Jack and Jill rhyme for her PhD dissertation in child psychology. Jack's girlfriend, also named Jill, is a photographer fascinated with JFK conspiracy theories. His best friend, David, falls in love with Jack's girlfriend as Jack begins to disappear from photographs taken by his sister on their trip to Bardon Hill in England.
Chemistry, castration anxiety, conspiracy theory and coincidence combine in this finely - wrought experimental narrative.

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Critical Writing

Up the Hill: The Making of Broken Crowns
by David Clark. Artifax, Winter 1993.
Raise the Ironic
by Unknown. Artifax, Winter 1993.
Periodically speaking: David Clark lights bunsen burners of the...
by Ian Johnston. The Daily News, Nov. 11, 1992.