Bewick Fallcaster

Duration 1.50


"Bewick Fallcaster, pivotal figure for the Fallcaster family, provides the opportunity to consider the effects of the VUE on a family as opposed to an individual. Bewick himself has gone missing and is built up out of hearsay, rumour and official report. His disappearance cements the rest of the extended family and clues to his whereabouts provide an opportunity to project a series of slides whose identity seems associated with a list of bird-conscious song-titles. The projection of slides is a recurring convention - one of the slide images throws up a figure whom the VUE Commission appear to use as one of ten pseudonymous identities offered to VUE victims sensitive to the use of his or her own identity in public. The identity also appears to be that of Appropinquo Fallcatti, an unsuccessful bird-image manipulator who thought to ingratiate Tulse Luper by flattery. Bewick (Swan) Fallcaster introduces a glancing reference to the classic man-into-bird metamorphosis through divine intervention - the Leda and the Swan, Castor and Pollux born-in-an-egg mythology. Suffering from a characteristic VUE tinnitus, Bewick is seen to be instrumental in the manufacture of the VUE anthem, for he is obliged to mask the tinnitus insistence by a composition of ninety-two parts." - Peter Greenaway, The New Social Function of Cinema, BFI, 1981


Bewick Fallcaster is a name of convenience for which the Directory Commissioners are responsible, only knowing at the time of the first edition the maiden name of his wife. Since there have been no objections from himself or his family, the name has been ratified and is legal.

Seven days after the VUE, Bewick registered himself as a VUE victim at Zagreb. He was suffering from intermittent amnesia, a singing migraine, ravenous appetite and decalcification of the teeth. Fouteen days after the VUE, Bewick was in Budapest, where he described an incipient VUE tinnitus to a radio-engineer who attempted to convey the nature of the condition with a tape recording. To mask the insistent repetitious sound which never left him, Bewick composed ninety-two variations on his tinnitus theme and at night, to help him sleep, he played them back to himself through headphones. Bewick sent his family money, fragments of taped music and slides. The money was in different currencies and the music was always recorded in the neutral spaces of a studio, so it was to the photographic slides that Bewick's family turned to search for clues of Bewick's whereabouts and state of mental and physical health.

When asked why Bewick didn't return to his family, Bewick's wife had four possible answers. A change in name obliterated a sense of place. Bewick Fallcaster is dead and the money, taped music and slides are sent by an imposter - perhaps on behalf of the FOX. Tinnitus might be contagious. Bewick Fallcaster was busy collecting music for an extensive and encyclopaedic work of biography.


The Falls Biographies

  1. Orchard Falla

  2. Constance Ortuist Fallaburr

  3. Melorder Fallaburr

  4. Appis (Arris) Fallabus

  5. Standard Fallaby

  6. Tasida Fallaby

  7. Lacer Fallacet

  8. Arris Fallacie

  9. Mashanter Fallack

  10. Squaline Fallaize

  11. Carlos Fallantly

  12. Musicus Fallantly

  13. Wrallis Fallanway

  14. Allia Fallanx

  15. Starling Fallanx

  16. Ipson & Pulat Fallari

  17. Stachia Fallari

  18. Aptesia Fallarme

  19. Corntopia Fallas

  20. Anteo Fallaspy

  21. Pandist Fallaspy

  22. Sashio Fallaspy

  23. Vyanine Fallaspy

  24. Casternarm Fallast

  25. Ardenaur Fallatter

  26. Agropio Fallaver

  27. Propine Fallax

  28. Cash Fallbaez

  29. Antopody Fallbatts

  30. Coppice Fallbatteo

  31. Agrendo Fallbazz

  32. Cisgatten Fallbazz

  33. Hasp Fallbazz

  34. Canopy Fallbenning

  35. Cole Fallbird

  36. Castel Fallboys

  37. Acataloope Fallbus

  38. Astraham Fallbute

  39. Loosely Fallbute

  40. Betheda Fallbutus

  41. Bwythan Fallbutus

  42. Cathine Fallbutus

  43. Menenome Fallbutus

  44. Olivine Fallbutus

  45. Vacete Fallbutus

  46. Astra Fallcas

  47. David Fallcash

  48. Bewick Fallcaster

  49. Catch-Hanger Fallcaster

  50. Clasper Fallcaster

  51. Felix Fallcaster

  52. Max Fallcaster

  53. Orion Fallcaster

  54. Throper Fallcaster

  55. Raskado Fallcastle

  56. Appropinquo Fallcatti

  57. Agrimany Fallchester

  58. Sitiarch Fallding

  59. Ostler Falleaver

  60. Edio Fallenby

  61. Shey Fallenby

  62. Affinado Falleur

  63. Erek Fallfree

  64. Thomax Fallfresh

  65. Zachia Fallgillot

  66. Joyan Fallicory

  67. Bird Raspara Fallicutt

  68. Obsian Fallicutt

  69. Wrallis Fallinway

  70. Ashile Fallko

  71. Agostina Fallmutt

  72. Castan Fallockery

  73. Cottes Fallope

  74. Pollie Fallory

  75. Afracious Fallows 

  76. Hearty Fallparco

  77. Sallis Pino Fallpinio

  78. Crasstranger Fallqueue

  79. Romanese Fallracce

  80. Ascrib Fallstaff

  81. Armeror Fallstag

  82. Combayne Fallstoward

  83. Geoffrey Fallthuis

  84. Merriem Falltrick

  85. Stephany Falltrix

  86. Tolley Falluger

  87. Vassian Falluger

  88. Erhaus Bewler Falluper

  89. Grastled Fallusson

  90. Castral Fallvernon

  91. Leasting Fallvo

  92. Anthior Fallwaste



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