29.04.2013 - 05.05.2013
Rushton / Tyman : LIAR : 2012
Rushton and Tyman’s (UK) short film LIAR references a ‘fantasy’ scene from the 1960’s film classic ‘Billy Liar’ A semi-comical story. ‘Billy Liar’ is about William Fisher, a 19-year old working-class boy, living with his parents in a fictional town in the North of England. Bored by his humdrum existence Billy spends his time indulging in fantasies, dreaming of a different life where he leads ‘The Republic of Ambrosia’. Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman succeeded in shaping this idea into a hilarious and at the same time touching 'costume drama' which creates a link to now, not only by showing the demolition process of the apartment buildings from that era, but also by the conceptual approach of set, acting and costumes. Especially seen in the light of our own upcoming costume drama 'the crowning of the king' - think of the social discussion around animals and the real ermine fur of the royal cape - this film is a delightful play with the rituals of power.
Kings and costumes:
rituals of power in the background of The Crowning of our King
Rushton and Tyman’s short film LIAR references a ‘fantasy’ scene from the 1960’s film classic ‘Billy Liar’. A semi-comical story ‘Billy Liar’ is about William Fisher, a 19-year old working-class boy, living with his parents in a fictional town in the North of England. Bored by his humdrum existence Billy spends his time indulging in fantasies, dreaming of a different life where he leads ‘The Republic of Ambrosia’.
Restaging one of Billy Liars key fantasy scenes at it’s original location on the steps of Leeds Town Hall in England, Rushton and Tyman’s LIAR references both the original John Schlesinger film and Cine 8 footage captured by David Chapman. Chapman a local film enthusiast filmed the ‘Billy Liar’ fantasy scene being shot on location in 1962.
In Rushton and Tyman’s LIAR, recreated shots of the ‘fantasy’ scene referencing both Schlesinger and Chapman’s films are juxtaposed with images of 1960’s built tower blocks. The new (Utopian) high rise housing then being built in England form the backdrop for many scenes in Billy Liar. In LIAR these blocks of social housing are seen being demolished nearly 50 years later in Leeds.
As in the original Billy Liar film many of the ‘actors’ in LIAR were locals or students from The University of Leeds.
LIAR was made by Rushton and Tyman with the looming spectacle of the Olympic Games about to be staged in London.
Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman work collaboratively and are based in Manchester, England. Recent solo exhibitions/projects include: Argument Vertoningsruimte, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2012); The Good Life, Lanternhouse Art Centre, Cumbria, England (2011); Neues Kunstforum, Koln, Germany (2009); Piccadillyland, Art on the Underground, London, England (2008); Artis Art Centre, Den Bosch, The Netherlands (2007); Unit 2 Gallery, London, England and 1a Space, Hong Kong, China (2006); Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and Leeds City Art Gallery, England (2005); Konstakuten, Stockholm, Sweden (2004). In 2004-5 Rushton and Tyman were artists-in-residence for ASSEMBLY 05, Bath and in 2006 and 2007 they participated in the international residency programme at 1a Space, Hong Kong, China. During 2010-11 they were artists-in-residence at Lanternhouse Art Centre, Cumbria, England.