28 October 2019 00:41

Jonathan Glazer The Fall BBC Two

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The Fall, a short directed by Under The Skin filmmaker Jonathan Glazer, made a surprise premiere tonight in the UK on BBC Two and in cinemas. Inspired by The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters, an etching by Francisco Goya, the short was produced by Academy Films and runs at 06:54. It screened in six cinemas across the UK in front of a variety of age-appropriate movies and will TX again on BBC Two this week on October 30 and November 1. The under-the-radar project from the acclaimed director is now on BBC iPlayer. Rose Garnett, director of BBC Films, who commissioned the project, commented: "The opportunity to invite a visionary filmmaker like Jonathan Glazer to create a piece that could really demonstrate the power of short-form filmmaking and bring urgent work to audiences in surprising ways was too good to miss." As we revealed this week, Glazer is gearing up on a new feature with A24.

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The project is a Holocaust drama and will shoot in Poland next year. U.K. audiences were treated this weekend to the world premiere of a new short from the "Under the Skin" director, a five-minute fever dream from hell. "Under the Skin" director Jonathan Glazer is finally reemerging six years after his unsettling and visionary science-fiction film "Under the Skin," which starred Scarlett Johansson as an alien dropped from space to feed on the bodies and souls of horny Glasgow men. Not only has the English filmmaker, who previously directed the Ben Kingsley-led crime thriller "Sexy Beast" and eerie Nicole Kidman-led reincarnation drama "Birth," announced a new Holocaust project with A24 — he's also released a surprise new short film, titled "The Fall." Running just over five minutes, "The Fall" premiered over the weekend in select U.K. cinemas and on BBC Two, and it's now available to stream online across the pond via the BBC iPlayer, according to Deadline. Glazer spoke with The Guardian's Catherine Shoard about the film, which depicts a masked mob hanging a man in a forest — a comment on the lynch-mob mentality that Glazer argues has taken hold of our culture.

"I thought it would benefit most from being dropped unannounced," he told The Guardian. "I didn't want to frame it with any expectation." The Guardian piece alleges that this is the only press Glazer is doing for the film, which reportedly contains such Glazer signatures as destabilizing images alternating bright light and pitch black, and a score from Mica Levi, who composed the iconic music for "Under the Skin" (and, more recently, Colombia's International Feature Film Oscar submission for 2020, "Monos"). Glazer said one of the defining inspirations for "The Fall" was a picture he saw of Eric and Donald Trump, Jr. on a hunting trip. "The day I saw a picture of the Trump sons grinning with a dead leopard," he said. Regarding the film's themes, Glazer said, "I think fear is ever-present. And that drives people to irrational behavior. A mob encourages an abdication of personal responsibility. The rise of National Socialism in Germany for instance was like a fever that took hold of people. We can see that happening again." Other inspirations for Glazer, he said, include the fourth-wall-shattering writings of Bertolt Brecht, and the paintings of Goya, calling selections of the Spanish romantic painter's works "Hell on earth, witnessed like a photojournalist." Glazer, meanwhile, will begin production on his next feature, set in the Auschwitz concentration camp and to be shot in Poland from a script loosely based on Martin Amis' novel "The Zone of Interest." The 2014 novel follows a Nazi officer who falls in love with the commandant's wife. Popular on IndieWire Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Director Jonathan Glazer unexpectedly releases a new short film called The Fall Jonathan Glazer has never been a director to rush into projects, with six years passing since the release of his modern sci-fi classic, Under The Skin. Recently news filtered through that he is due to start work on a film set in a WWII concentration camp, supposedly loosely based on Martin Amis' novel The Zone of Interest. It being a Glazer film we should be expecting anything but a straight adaptation of the source material, with A24 set to distribute on release. With production yet to start on the project (expected to be next Spring) we thought it could be anywhere up to 18 months before we got to see something new from Glazer, but it turns out we were wrong. Out of nowhere a brand new short film by the director called The Fall debuted on BBC2 at 10pm tonight. No introduction was given and no credits were attached to reveal who was responsible. Once it finished we learned that Glazer is the director, although he is reluctant to offer too much fanfare. Speaking to The Gaurdian he said: "I thought it would benefit most from being dropped unannounced," he says. "I didn't want to frame it with any expectation." Long time collaborator Mica Levi has also scored the short and it will remain available online to watch for the next 12 months. You can watch The Fall right now on the BBC iPlayer.