Sophie Cundale


The Near Room

film, duration 32 minutes

South London Gallery, 6 March - 13 Sept 2020
Bonnington Gallery, 3 Oct - 12 Dec 2020

Film, duration 32 minutes, commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, South London Gallery and Bonington Gallery. With funding from Arts Council England, The Gane Trust

The Near Room is a melodrama about grief that follows the journey of a professional boxer after a near-fatal knockout. The boxer’s disorientations become entangled with the story of a queen living with Cotard Delusion, a rare neurological condition inducing the belief in and sensation of death. The film’s title, The Near Room (2020), is taken from the boxer Muhammad Ali’s description of a vivid, hallucinatory space he would enter when in the depths of a fight. The cast includes professional boxer John Harding Jnr., artist Penny Goring, and actor Chris New.

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