The Liason Officer

Catherine Elwes

1997, 45:00 minutes, colour/B&W, French with English subtitles


The Liaison Officer offers the viewer the story of "Operation Lost" in all its glory and absurdity leaving him/her to decide what s/he might have done in the same place. Deconstructing the conventions of television documentary, the story is told in the most subjective way, beginning with an interview, of the interviewer and ending with her frustration and one of her subject's criticisms of her expectations. The whole work is a documentary that is constantly aware of its own construction, fore fronting the difficulties of speaking across generation, across time and language difference, beyond the grave. It moves the objective to the subjective, from black to white to colour, from speech to text and from fact to fiction. The story that emerges from the diverse sources of images and texts, reflects the journey that the videomaker made in search of her father's lost life of heroism, a journey that ultimately brings disappointment, as words and pictures fail to bring to life that which remains her father's secret.

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Critical Writing

Telling Tales: The Irresistible Excavation of the Other
by Catherine Elwes. Filmwaves, Summer 2000, no. 12.