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Perfidia

Cordelia Swann
2002
13 min Colour<br> DVCam/Betacam

Perfidia

"A contemporary fable, set in the streets, parks, edifices and firmaments of Paddington and West London, about the day to day life of a woman named Perfidia and her neighbours. Featuring jet trails, a canary, a student, an archbishop, Marlene Dietrich, and the London Fire Brigade." -C.S.

"'Perfidia'...is also the name of a woman with no particular faith or allegiance. As the soundtrack reminds us she is, like Marlene Dietrich in the film 'Morocco', a 'suicide', a 'one way ticket' who has stepped off the ship never to be seen again. In Swann's film, she becomes an 'itinerant and a tourist', immersing herself in a kaleidoscope of London sights and sounds which manage to allude to a multitude of experiences and beliefs but adhere to none in particular. The film is loosely wrapped around a narrative centred on the consequences of a fire at the protagonist's home, but that is just a ruse. She relishes as much the prospect of revisiting those life-saving firemen as ruminating on the angels occupying the different firmaments. For Perfidia, grounded in her immediate environment but always urging her mind to roam beyond, reality is a trigger for metaphor and the imagination." - Sotiris Kyriacou

Narration Suzanne Parke
Camera Cordelia Swann
Additional Camera Marek Budzynski/David Pearce
Sound Recording Rick Balian/David Pearce
Producer/Edit Cordelia Swann/Marek Budzynski

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