The Unwell

Martin O'Brien (UK)
Suhail Ilyas (UK)

Wed 26 Oct 2016

Ipswich Film Theatre

20:00 // 30mins // Free


Photo by Suhail Ilyas

WORLD PREMIERE

THIS USED TO BE THE MOST OPTIMISTIC CITY IN THE WORLD


Now the sun never rises.
The shops are never open.
The birds never sing.
The streets are always empty.
Cars lie abandoned.
Buildings crumble or stand as empty shells.
But something still remains here.

The Unwell plunges us into an apocalyptic landscape inhabited only by strange, coughing bodies. It is part of O’Brien’s ongoing exploration of the figure of the zombie as a metaphor for the sick body.


Martin is an artist whose work draws upon his experience of suffering from cystic fibrosis. His work uses physical endurance, long durations and pain in order to address politics of the sick queer body. He has presented work throughout the UK, Europe and the US and is lecturer in performance at Queen Mary University.

Suhail Ilyas is a filmmaker, musician and writer from Bombay, India. He composes for, and plays, fretless guitar. Ilyas also makes music videos, art films and more. He is working on three feature-length documentaries and several music projects.


  • This film was made as part of the Coventry Artspace Visualising the City Project 2014 – 2016 and funded by Arts Council England and Coventry City Council
  • Written and performed by Martin O’Brien
  • Music and Photography by Suhail Ilyas
  • A Superbolide Production
  • Thanks to Michael Mayhew and Laura Elliot

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