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12TH BATTALION PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

An Adam Donen film

starring 

Saskia Axten - Steven Berkoff - Carol Cleveland - Vincent Franklin - Adrian McLoughlin - Elijah Rowen - Joerg Stadler - Sophie Vavasseur - Slavoj Zizek
with Vanessa Redgrave

and Alan Ford

DIRECTOR OF

PHOTOGRAPHY

JASON ELLIS

DIRECTOR OF

PHOTOGRAPHY

ANNA  ZASSIMOVA 

PRODUCED 

BY

ADAM DONEN

DANIEL REYNOLDS

Directed by Adam Donen

Produced by Adam Donen & Daniel S. Reynolds

Executive Producer: Daniel S. Reynolds

Associate Producers: Ben Lawrence & Ela Stipicic

Director of Photography: Jason Ellis - Editor: David Gesslbauer - Sound mix: Robert Harder - Music : Adam Donen & Robert Harder - Production mixer: Simon Norman - Makeup: Silvia Fernandez Lopez

COMING

SOON!

12th Battalion Productions Presents

An Adam Donen Film

12th Battalion Productions Presents

An Adam Donen Film

A SURREAL, PROVOCATIVE STORY RETELLING OF  ALICE IN WONDERLAND SET IN A BREXIT-TIME LONDON THAT'S GONE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND OUT THE OTHER SIDE.

ALICE

WHEN I TALK ABOUT CITIES I TALK ABOUT PEOPLE. WHEN I TALK ABOUT PEOPLE I TALK ABOUT MYSELF. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SPEAK WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT YOURSELF. WHEN I TALK ABOUT MYSELF I DONOT TALK ABOUT CHOICE. WHEN I TALK ABOUT LONDON I TALK ABOUT US. WHEN I REMEMBER PLACES THAT ARE GONE AND PEOPLE THAT ARE GONE WHAT I REMEMBER IS WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO HOLD THEM AND TO LOOK UPON THEM AND TO BE WITHIN THEM, AND WHEN I TALK ABOUT THESE MEMORIES I TALK ABOUT US. WHEN I TALK ABOUT THIS OVERARCHING, ALL-ENCOMPASSING SENSE OF  COMPLETE  FUCKING DESPAIR, I AM TALKING ABOUT MYSELF, AND THEREFORE ABOUT MYSELF AND RABBIT, AND THEREFORE ABOUT PEOPLE, AND THEREFORE ABOUT THE CITY.

CONNOR

THERE ARE RULES IN THIS COUNTRY, AND IF YOU COME TO THIS COUNTRY YOU PLAY BY THE FUCKING RULES. THERE WERE TWO QUEUES, ANYONE COULD FUCKING SEE THAT. THAT QUEUE WAS FOR CIGARETTES COUNTER AND THE FIVE ITEMS OR LESS, AND THAT QUEUE WAS FOR A FULL SHOP. DO YOU THINK I'VE GOT NOTHING TO DO ALL DAY BUT WAIT FOR YOU TO FINISH DOING YOUR SHOPPING IN MY FUCKING COUNTRY? DO YOU THINK YOUR SHOPPING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY SHOPPING? THIS IS A  BEAUTIFUL  FUCKING COUNTRY AND WE WILL NOT LET YOU RUIN IT. WE WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. CHRIST!"

THE BANKERS

YOU MAY WONDER WHO WE ARE AND WHAT OUR AGENDA IS. TO SAY THAT WE ARE A CRIMINAL GANG, OR A SEX GANG, IS TO MISSTATE, FOR THE NATURE OF THE GANG IS ITS OPPOSITION TO THE EXISTING SOCIAL ORDER WE EXIST PRECISELY THROUGH THE ORDER AS CURRENTLY CONSTITUTED AND TAKE TO THE MAXIMAL DEGREE THE PRIVILEGES THAT COME WITH THE POSITION WE OCCUPY. WHAT IS TRUE, CERTAINLY, IS THAT THERE IS NO POLITICS OF CONSENSUS. POLITICS IS THE OPPOSITION OF DIFFERENT GROUPS WITH DIFFERENT INTERESTS."

THE PHILOSOPHERS

ALL THAT SHE HAS LEFT AT THIS POINT IS A PRESENCE, A MASK. THE SUBJECT HINGES ON THIS MASK, AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND HER INTELLECTUAL PERFORMANCE IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO  STOLEN PROPERTY.  SO WHO, OR WHAT, OR WHERE, IS “SHE”? THE REALLY TROUBLING QUESTION HERE IS: WHAT IF I’M NOT REALLY ANYTHING, WHAT IF THERE IS NO “ME” IN ANY OF THIS? 

WE KNOW ALREADY HOW THIS ENDS. WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT HAPPENS THE DAY AFTER. THE INTRUSION OF REALITY ONTO THE STAGE IS PAID FOR BY THE THEATRICALISATION OF REAL LIFE. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN APPEARANCE AND ESSENCE HAS TO BE INSCRIBED INTO APPEARANCE ITSELF.

JUSTICE DUM

& LORD DEE

DID NOT SHAKESPEARE SAY, "THERE'S AN ART TO FIND THE MIND'S CONSTRUCTION IN THE FACE"? AND YET IN THE STORY SHE TELLS THE FACE IS ABSENT: TO HER, HE IS LITERALLY, THEREFORE, A BODY THAT SPEAKS. FURTHER, I BELIEVE THAT SHE MAY WELL BELIEVE THE NONSENSE SHE SPOUTS. IS IT NOT, MORE THAN ANYTHING, LIKE A PARABLE FROM DESCARTES. PERHAPS A DEMON OF THE UTMOST POWER AND CUNNING HAS EMPLOYED ALL HIS ENERGIES IN ORDER TO DECEIVE HER, AND THIS PHANTASM IS BORN ONLY OF HIS SUCCESS.  AND YET IS IT NOT EQUALLY LIKELY WE ARE SUCH PHANTASMS?"