An England seen through the prism of mental illness might be the truest view of England. TYPIST ARTIST PIRATE KING takes the audience on a psychogeographic journey along the length of England through the eyes of Audrey Amiss (Monica Dolan), a mentally ill British artist whose work was only recognised after her death in 2013. Audrey describes herself as “avant-garde and misunderstood”, a perpetual victim let down by society and those around her. Like TÁR, the world of the film is a reflection of the protagonist’s mental state and we see an England without stability, an England replete with abandoned hospitals and Viking battles and Morris dancers in the street and low-simmering resentments against perceived enemies.
Full reviews available on TAKE ONE (https://takeonecinema.net/2023/typist-artist-pirate-king/) and Cinetopia podcast (https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/cinetopia/episodes/March-2023-on-EHFM-Glasgow-Film-Festival-special--Berwick-Film-and-Media-Arts-Festival--Save-Filmhouse-campaign-e216c49).