Of Night, Gasworks Gallery, London 2003
Jessica Lack, Guardian April 2003
A true classic of the Ealing thriller genre, the 1945 chiller-flick
Dead Of Night is real hide-behind-the-sofa stuff. Set, according to
horror convention, in a creepy country house, and complete with a cast
of characters you wouldn't want to share a minicab with, it tells five
ghost tales, the most memorable of which is about a ventriloquist driven
insane by his wooden dummy alter ego.
This spooky story is the inspiration behind a new film by John Beagles
and Graham Ramsay, the Glasgow based duo responsible for creating contemporary
artworks that focus on the dualities of the human psyche. Their reimagined
video features a pair of specially tailored dummies that Beagles and
Ramsay manipulate with their characteristic black humour to ruminate
on the sinister history of split personalities in British cinema.