Revelation Film Festival 2014

2016 Films


Machine Gun or Typewriter?

Dir: Travis Wilkerson
Year: 2015
Country: USA
Duration: 71mins

Unclassified: 15+

We were first introduced to Travis Wilkerson as a filmmaker back in the early days of Rev with his fantastic agit-essay on Cuban revolutionary filmmaker Santiago Alvarez - Accelerated Underdevelopment: In the Idiom of Santiago Alvarez. Since then we’ve stayed in touch and now he’s back with this excellent experimental agit-punk-noir work Machine Gun or Typewriter?

Using a lot of found footage, lazy and laconic sequences of urban landscapes, animated graphic insertions and a hushed voice-over throughout, in this work “The protagonist, who we only ever see behind (and half obscured by) a microphone, narrates this idiosyncratic odyssey as the sole operator of a pirate radio station, using his latest broadcast to appeal to a former lover, for whom he’s searching in the aftermath of police crackdowns on Occupy.”

It’s subversive, political, different and with a passing nod to Alvarez and experimental giant Chris Marker, Machine Gun or Typewriter? is an experimental feast with great musicality and very definite cool. 

Sat 9, 1pm, Luna Leederville (Buy Tickets)
Tue 12, 6.45pm, Luna Leederville (Buy Tickets)
Sat 16, 2.30pm, Luna Leederville (Buy Tickets)
Unclassified: 15+