The interactive transcript could not be loaded.



Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Jun 23, 2006

Looped DVD
34 min

Whodunnit? is a site-specific video projection installation for a theatre.
It borrows the form of a classic middlebrow English amateur dramatics drawing-room detective drama but features a multi-ethnic cast and loops back on itself in a vicious circle of suspicion, accusation, betrayal and fear.

Taking the ethnic minority categories on cultural diversity monitoring forms of arts funding applications as a guide, I cast an ethnic spectrum of British actors (Black African, Afro-Caribbean, South Asian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, East European, Latin American, Greek Cypriot, Jewish, Irish) to play the usual suspects interrogated by a hapless English Police Inspector.

As the predictably plodding and melodramatic mystery unfolds, each of the actors' accent starts to shift between a classic Received Pronunciation and a heavy foreign accent corresponding to the actor's cultural heritage.

The identity of the murderer is not the question; the real mystery is, what is the true identity of the individual? At a time when 'cultural diversity' has become a keyword in arts practice and 'multiculturalism' official and managerial, how does such 'ticking-the-boxes' categorisation limit the way we identify ourselves and others in terms of ethnicity, race or culture?

Whodunnit? was made with the support of a London Artists' Film & Video Award from Film London.

Whodunnit? was shown at the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester in 2004
and at Toynbee Studios, London in 2005


When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next

to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...