Coming soon : Out of Kompetition

The Renne-sur-mer film festival on the French Riviera is torn apart by young protesters pouring through the town and kidnapping American producer, Larry Winsteeg, and making him as their hostage as they occupy a cinema and demand reforms.

In times of seizure and dysfunctionality all over the globe,

ElephantEars Press offers Lou Alba’s new novel.

Demonstrators fight the authorities on land. Out to sea a Russian film impresario mounts a promotion, wires from a helicopter transporting his Shark in a tea-cup art-piece snapping. The cup disintegrates on a swimming platform, the shark swallowing a speedboat driver.

Freed, bankrupt Larry chases gold billionaire Bella Fibben to bankroll his cinematic failures, employing a blacklisted writer to follow her every move.

Renne-Sur-Mer descends into ten days of pandemonium. A festival coup leads to organisational paralysis, cancelled film timetables. Cineaste demonstrations turn violent as police attack. A rogue shark circles out in the bay. A mega-explosion lights up the night sky. An unidentifiable body turns up consumed by crabs on a sloop. Improvisational acts of bravery battle self-promotion for the media’s attention.

Begged to help, the former festival head returns, setting out to find a solution for bringing democracy and peace back to the Mediterranean town.

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Karbara The First Born

2020 is the 250th anniversary of James Cook and the English navy’s landing-on, invasion-of the last continent in 1770, with ElephantEars Press re-presenting the film of the First National Black Playwrights Conference and Workshop held January 1987 in Canberra, Australia. Invited into the Sydney Film Festival in June 1987, the Pincher Creek Indian Film Festivals of 1989 & 1990, Karbara the First Born was first broadcast on ABC TV in October 1987.

Indigenous directors and writers, new and established, young and old, workshopped original works written for stage and screen with indigenous & non-indigenous Australian actors. The time together gave screen and stage practitioners from throughout Australia a chance to collaborate and share stories and ideas.

This 16mm film was found in the Flinders University Library by the film’s producer and director Richard Guthrie. With the help of librarian, Tom Snook, and Screen NSW, this important piece of film and theatre history is now available here 24/7.

For Indigenous viewers, this film contains images and voices of deceased people.

 

 

Uncorrected Proof

His espionage novel stolen by a celebrity ‘sweeper’ author, Archie Lees embarks on a twelve-month odyssey for literary justice inside the dark book worlds of Anglo-American publishing in London, New York, Barcelona and Aigues-Mortes.

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A century after Joyce let Leopold Bloom loose in Dublin, Alba unleashes Archie Lees and a supporting cast of post-Iliadian characters in twelve off-battlefield war-torn months of literary mania.

Excavating and ransacking the themes of plagiarism and literary influence, Lou Alba re-categorises categories⏤reanimating modernism, spiked realism, magic realism, poetry, pop, drama, cookbooks, diaries, how-to-books, history texts and postmodernist, metafictional novels⏤re-presenting 20th century writing in a ‘glittering array’ of literary experientialism, parodically defrocking the method  and madness of major and minor literary techniques and reputations in one hundred years of writerly solitude.

Reviews of Uncorrected Proof

From North America

Beneath this quixotic and playful novel that reveals a very deft hand at the pen is a significant novel that asks of itself the question that makes readers of lesser novels so often shake their heads: Does this work have any significance? Here we must emphatically nod

– Eckhard Gerdes, Editor Journal of Experimental Fiction

 

With tongue in cheek humor and a sly poke at genre fiction, literary untouchables and the publishing industry this book seems tailor made for smart praise. Even though I wasn’t able to pick out all the literary styles interwoven playfully within the book — and frankly at a certain point I was so into the story it didn’t matter — when I was able to pick up on an author or style it just added to the fun. Very impressed with the versatility of the prose and the ability to coopt all these writers and yet still make it all work within the story being told, a story that holds its own as a larky genre thriller with literary overtones and a lot of humor too. In the end all came off as clever parody. Especially enjoyed the “genre thriller” kick of the kidnapping and rescue of Ellen mirroring the story within the story within the story. Given the levels of literary byplay and the scope and ambition of the prose styles, the story is amazingly accessible. It even is a bit of a high concept as well — literary high concept (or highwire act) in which, while flawlessly speaking in all these different voices the book still tells a thoroughly enjoyable pulp story about stolen manuscripts and deferred vengeance in the volatile, cutthroat world of publishing. Making publishing a life and death enterprise is a nice conceit that allows all the tropes of detective and spy fiction to come into play and gives it much of its kicky fun. Bravo!  

– Paul Duran, LA director & writer (Flesh Suitcase and The Dogwalker)

 

I found your book very refreshing..very readable but also so postmodern and referential. I delighted in your sources

Richard Olafson, Editor, Pacific Rim Review

 

From Australia

The most original book I read this year – utterly compelling postmodernism’

– Angela Meyer LiteraryMinded

 

Quite an extraordinary work. Initially the surreal plot threw me then I realized that the plot, the use of various styles and forms, present continuous, film scripts and cooking instructions etc, were creating a particular structure. Eventually, I concluded that it was some sort of a coded book, either intentionally or as some kind of experiment, which I failed to appreciate. Like most coded works, the book consists of two novels seamlessly interwoven. In this case the characters from at least one are able to inhabit the other. This is clear when you separate the two novels by the plot and other code markers. The two novels are quite different, and even seem to deal with different subjects and are sometimes contradictory. I have tried this coded thing but I used simple invisible multi-layering as you do when encoding engineering drawings. This form of yours is way beyond that. This is a very brave new world you have stepped into, or invented, a new realm 

– Eric Willmot, Author of Pemulwuy and Below The Line

 

It reads like a splendidly maintained & protracted metafictional elaboration of the climactic shoot-out in the fun-fair corridor of mirrors at the end of Orson Welles’s ‘Lady from Shanghai’. I was glad to see refs. to ‘King of Comedy’, surely one of the last century’s vy best films … 

– Tom GibbonsPainter and writer of Rooms in the Darwin Hotel

 

From Sweden

‘Uncorrected Proof’ could be seen as a labyrinthically shaped many-dimensional map, pointing above and beyond itself by showing mirrored images of other places in literary time and space

– Kristin Johannesson, Uppsala, Sweden

 

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