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Ungentle • AQUERONTE

5 March 2023

Run Time

65 mins
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A combined programme featuring Huw Lemmey and Onyeka Igwe’s lyrical reflection on intimacy and surveillance through the development of British espionage, and Manuel Muñoz Rivas’ transporting voyage across an expanse of water, half-light and darkness.

Followed by a Q&A with Huw Lemmey and Manuel Muñoz Rivas

Ungentle

John le Carré meets Derek Jarman in this subtle reflection on the complex relationships between the development of British espionage and male homosexuality. Based on extensive research and voiced by actor Ben Whishaw, Ungentle draws on the life stories of famous historic operatives from the mid–20th century, from Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess to Noël Coward and Hardy Amies, exploring the tensions between loyalty and lust that ran parallel in the lives of spies and gay men.

Directors

Country

Year

2022

Premiere

Dialogue Language

English

Primary Contact

Nicola Wright

Producer

Pinky Ghundale

Director of photography

Morgan K. Spencer

Sound design

Stefan Smith

Actor

Ben Whishaw

AQUERONTE

Onboard a ferry, a group of passengers cross a river from one side to the other. Manuel Muñoz Rivas’ reflexive, oneiric cine-voyage unfolds as a series of elliptical vignettes in a gently shifting landscape of half-light and darkness. Through vaporous fog and hushed voices, we encounter a cast of characters suspended in a floating space. On the water time is expanding and the destination is deferred – motion itself, and the transporting power of images becoming, perhaps, the only certainty.

Director

Country

Year

2023

Premiere

Dialogue Language

Spanish

Subtitle Language

Primary Contact

Manuel Muñoz Rivas