The Forty Elephants is a new short film, conceived and directed by Alastair Cook with cinematography by James Norton. The Forty Elephants is developed around a narrative commissioned by Alastair, written and read by Gérard Rudolf. The Forty Elephants was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Film Festival 2011 prize.
The project takes its lead from the Victorian street gang, of women and their children, who plagued the Elephant and Castle; it draws in the current landscape and it’s deteriorating edge, a farewell to the Heygate and Aylesbury estates; this is a dark trawl through threat and desire, driven by Gérard’s incredible words.
The Forty Elephants premiered on 8th April 2011 at Alastair’s fine art photography show at The Howden.