J G Ballard’s Crash: On Page and Screen

J G Ballard’s Crash: On Page and Screen

This event has finished Took place on: Saturday, 30th Sep 2017

Revisit the shock of symphorophilia with Will Self and Chris Beckett, editor of a new edition of Crash. Their discussion is followed by a rare chance to see the uncut version of David Cronenberg’s 1996 film adaptation on the big screen.

David Cronenberg’s film of Crash (1996), which Ballard greatly admired, was awarded a Special Jury Prize at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The film introduced a second generation to Ballard’s unsettling vision, and sparked a censorship controversy that led to the film being banned by Westminster City Council.

The film will be introduced by is producer, Jeremy Thomas.

A new and expanded edition of the novel Crash (2017), edited by Chris Beckett, takes a fresh look at the novel by setting the narrative in its writing context. Drawing on Ballard’s archive at the British Library, it includes generous selections from the novel in draft, re-publishes Ballard’s contemporaneous ‘condensed novels’, and makes available for the first time Ballard’s draft script for the BBC short film Crash! (1971) directed by Harley Cokeliss. The film was made as Ballard drafted Crash, and its stylised visual language informs the novel.

Also included in the new edition is Ballard’s introduction to the French publication of Crash (1974) in which he described the novel as a ‘a cautionary tale’. However, in an nterview with Will Self in 1994, Ballard said that had been wrong in his introduction: ‘Crash is not a cautionary tale. Crash is what it appears to be. It is a psychopathic hymn. But it is a psychopathic hymn which has a point.’

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2017-09-30 2017-09-30 Europe/London J G Ballard’s Crash: On Page and Screen Will Self and Chris Beckett in conversation and a rare screening of David Cronenberg's film https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2017/09/30/j-g-ballards-crash-on-page-and-screen-152175 The British Library,96 Euston Road, London, London,

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