Friendship’s Death +TALK: Morbid Symptoms

FPOriginal poster design // Martina Esposito
Prints // shop

When an extra-terrestrial peace envoy named Friendship (Tilda Swinton) is sent on a mission to Earth, she misses her intended destination of MIT and lands in Amman, Jordan, during ‘Black September’, a conflict between the Jordanian Armed Forces and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Trapped inside a hotel, Friendship meets British war correspondent Sullivan (Bill Paterson), and the pair begin a series of touching and insightful conversations on the human condition…

Peter Wollen // UK 1987 // 15 // 78mins

“An outsider’s political thought-piece on the plight of Palestinians, and by extension all other ‘victims of a map’.”
Eye on Film

“The alien outsider’s way of seeing the world is perceptive and provocative, the plentiful ideas counterbalance the lack of extravagant spectacle… best of all, the film displays a droll wit and a surprising ability to touch the heart.”
Time Out

“The fact that this extraordinary piece of work has become all but entirely lost has long been kicking a painful bruise for those of us close to it and to Peter.”
Tilda Swinton

The film will be preceded by a talk from Laleh Khalili, Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London, who will explain the background to the Black September conflict of 1970 and how it can be thought of as a historical pivot.

Where: The Castle Cinema, First Floor, 64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
When: Thursday 12th March 2020 // doors 6:45pm, talk 7:00pm, film 7:15pm