23 July - 3 August 2014
THE CINEMA MUSEUM, LONDON
Some say that British soldiers in the trenches held up cardboard cutouts of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp in the hope that the enemy would die laughing. But as the carnage of war set in, Chaplin’s image was put to a different use…
C Ward. 1914. In a makeshift hospital, behind the front line, the war’s first casualties are treated. To boost morale, medical staff arrange for a Chaplin film to be shown for the bed ridden, with the ward’s ceiling serving as the silver screen.
For one soldier, the flickering images, whirring projector and Chaplin’s perfect comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories. Cast from the trenches to childhood, from trauma to dreams, the hospital film show sets him on a journey into a personal no man’s land.
Using their distinctive style – total darkness, minimal lighting and immersive sound design – Sound&Fury conjured up the extraordinary experience of being a patient on Charlie Ward by creating an immersive sound installation for a small audience, lasting approximately 15 minutes.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Fuel.
Dates, Times & Locations
23 July – 3 August 2014
The Cinema Museum
2 Dugard Way