The Last Days of Jack Sheppard is based on the inferred prison encounters between the 18th century criminal Jack Sheppard and Daniel Defoe, ghostwriter of Sheppard’s ‘autobiography’. Set in the wake of the South Sea Bubble of 1720, Britain’s first financial crisis, the film is a critical costume drama constructed from a patchwork of historical, literary, and popular sources. It explores the connections between representation, speculation and the discourses of high and low culture that emerged in the early 18th century and remain relevant to the present day.
Filmed entirely in the Chisenhale Gallery, The Last Days of Jack Sheppard was accompanied by an installation fabricated from elements of the original set, an archival exhibition of three centuries of printed materials relating to Sheppard, and a publication featuring annotated script, reference images and an introduction by Francis McKee.
Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery London and CCA Glasgow with the support of the Henry Moore Foundation, Arts Council England and the Scottish Arts Council.
937MB | 56 min 41 s | 768×576 | mkv
Subtitles: English hard subs