From Plato to Derrida


During the research phase of this project a number of short films were produced in response to issues arising in the research and as a response to themes and ideas as work in progress.

Deconstructive Film

The possibility of a deconstructive film is discussed with world leading experts on Derrida using a range of clips  as counterpoints.



This film plays with adapting  a source text through using  representations offered by existing feature films.  Using French films from 1977-1979 (the period of the lovers correspondence in the “Envois”), the clips are cut together to create certain narrative episodes such as the writing and receiving of letters, clandestine meetings and trips away. The three minute film is set to a Monteverdi track by L’Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar.  



What is the relation between sending and receiving?  Using images from the Little  Golden Book “Seven Little Postmen”, this research film  juxtaposes simple ideas about the post with Derrida’s complex rendering of postal meaning as outlined in The Post Card.

The extract has been adapted by Martin McQuillan and read by Robert Rowland Smith (Derrida, 1980).  Images courtesy of Margaret Wise & Edith Thatcher Hurd, “Seven Little Postmen” 1952, Golden Book Publishing / Random House Kids.



This film cuts together a series of readings of letters from The Post Card by academics attending Derrida Today in 2010The act of reading aloud the letters publicly, became a feature  of the final film, in which Sophie,   recounts the letters as a performance to a public audience.



Why love Derrida? A collection of responses from attendees at the 2010 Derrida Today Conference at the Goodenough Club, London.


The following clips are extracts from the interviews conducted for the feature film.


Ellen Burt on material support.




Geoffrey Bennington on the postal principal.


Catherine Malabou on cinema.


J. Hillis Miller on literature.


Sam Weber on genre.