Private Project

Drifting with Debord

In ‘Drifting with Debord’, Glasgow Glam Rock Dialogues channel the spirits of David Bowie, Suzi Quatro and Karl Mark to debate the life and legacy of Guy Debord, theoretical leader of the Paris-based Situationist International and author of ‘The Society of the Spectacle’ and ‘Theory of the Dérive’.

Transposing Debord’s ideas on the dérive from street to screen, the film explores what a drifting cinema might look and sound like as it drifts from Paris to Glasgow, from present to past, and both with and away from Debord himself.

Join The Angel of History as she encounters Glasgow’s favourite Glam Rockers in performance, and as she drifts through Glasgow in super8 footage and into the past via archive footage of the city. The film includes two original songs, ‘The Angel of History’, adapted from Walter Benjamin’s ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’, and ‘A Song for Guy (Debord)’, and draws inspiration from the Situationists’ politics of pleasure and excess.

Look out your feather boa!

  • David Archibald
    Director
    Govan Young; Joining Up
  • Carl Lavery
    Director
  • David Archibald
    Writer
  • Carl Lavery
    Writer
  • David Archibald
    Producer
    Govan Young
  • Jen Cunnion
    Key Cast
    "The Angel of History"
  • David Archibald
    Key Cast
    "David"
  • David Archibald
    Key Cast
    "Carl"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, super8
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    March 21, 2020
    Cancelled dut to pandemic
  • XIX International Kansk Festival
    Kansk
    Russian Federation
    August 20, 2020
    Russian
    Official Selection
  • SorsiCorti International Festival
    Palermo
    Italy
    December 7, 2020
    Italian
    Official Selection
  • University of Skovde
    Skovde
    Sweden
    April 21, 2020
    Swedish
  • Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
    Tolpuddle
    United Kingdom
    July 17, 2020
    English Premiere
    Official Election (shorts)
  • 15th Cyprus International Film Festival
    Nicosia
    Cyprus
    November 21, 2020
    Cyprus Premiere
  • Calcutta International Short Film Festival
    Calcutta
    India
    December 18, 2020
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Internacional del Cine Austral
    Cordoba
    Argentina
    December 7, 2020
    Argentine
    Official Selection
  • Bridges International Film Festival
    Corinth
    Greece
    December 16, 2020
    Greek
    Official Selection
Director Biography - David Archibald, Carl Lavery

David Archibald is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Glasgow.

David has worked on six previous short films, including Govan Young (2017), which he produced and co-directed. The film screened at around thirty festivals, was translated into five languages and won seven awards on the international film festival circuit.

Carl Lavery is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Glasgow.

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