Tomorrow Is Always Too Long

Phil Collins / UK – DE / 2014 / 82 min
Sat 7 May / 16.00

With an introduction by the filmmaker, and a Q&A moderated by writer and film historian Helen Westerik.

In this “modern day city symphony” Phil Collins interweaves a range of voices from institutions and communities to define the complex character of his hometown: the city of Glasgow. Collins met with people in maternity hospitals, schools, community groups, and social clubs for the elderly asking them to sing songs, make predictions for the future, debate the status of freedom in today’s society, guide us through the city’s prison, and dance like there’s no tomorrow.

The resulting kaleidoscope of images and sound is created by interviews, archival footage and parodies of TV shows mixed together with songs from the Welsh musician Cate Le Bon accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, animation by Matthew Robins and a soundtrack by Scottish musician Barry Burns (of Mogwai fame). In this imaginary media landscape that shows different glimpses into the diversity and complex character of the city, Phil Collins captures how ordinary aspects of everyday life can take on extraordinary and poignant proportions. 

About the director

Phil Collins (born 1970) is a British filmmaker, visual artist, cultural organizer and educator based in Berlin and Wuppertal. In his projects and films he investigates the ambivalent relationship with the camera as both an instrument of attraction and manipulation, of revelation and shame. He often operates within forms of low-budget television and documentary to address the discrepancy between reality and its representations. In the irreverent and intimate engagement with his subject, he encourages people to reveal their individuality, making the personal public with sensitivity and generosity.

Being nominated for the 2006 Turner prize, Phil Collins’ work has been shown in museums such as the MoMA in New York, the Tate Gallery in London and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Tomorrow Is Always Too Long is his first feature film.


“It's surprisingly stirring stuff”

"Love letters are often haunting, and Tomorrow Is Always Too Long is certainly that. But they're rarely so biting, strange, or funny."
- Straight

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