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Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

  • Film
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Time Out says

A curious pot-pourri of found footage, fantasy narrative and electronic visual trickery, this is proof that stylistic innovation and a taste for the bizarre don't always add up to galvanising effect. The narrative concerns a post-WWI English beekeeper, James 'Hive' Maker (William Burroughs in his most fleeting film cameo to date), with a miraculous swarm of Mesopotamian bees, and his descendant Jacob, who works in a military computer graphics unit in New Mexico. Starting off with a stack of antique documentary footage, Blair builds up an intrigue narrative that aspires to the po-faced absurdity of Peter Greenaway's early pseudo-documentaries. But it loses momentum when Blair himself takes centre stage as the protection-suited Jacob.

Release Details

  • Duration:85 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:David Blair
  • Screenwriter:David Blair
  • Cast:
    • David Blair
    • William Burroughs
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