The Empty Plan


'The Empty Plan' examines the political and aesthetic dimensions of the work of Bertolt Brecht and the relationship between theory and practice, art and revolution.

Reconstructing four productions of his play, Die Mutter, from Weimar Germany to the GDR, and contrasting these with scenes from Brecht's exile in Los Angeles during the 1940s, the film traces the changing context for his work, as theatre is superseded by cinema and the revolutionary movements that informed Brecht are destroyed and betrayed.

The film deploys improvisation, documentary and cinematic modes and was shot in Los Angeles and in historic theatre locations in London and Southend.


Cast & Crew

Producer - Kate Parker from City Projects
Camera - Matthew Noel-Tod
Editor - Anja Kirschner and David Panos


Selected Screenings


Solo Show, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo

The Empty Plan in 'LOOP', Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona

The Empty Plan in 'British Art Show 7', Hayward Gallery, London & CCA, Glasgow

Solo Show, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart

The Empty Plan, Whitechapel Gallery Film Program, London

The Empty Plan in 'A Film Cycle', Nomas Foundation/Cinema Farnese, Rome

The Empty Plan, Video Art at Midnight, Babylon Cinema, Berlin

The Empty Plan, Jarman Award Screenings, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Focal Point Gallery, Southend - 22 November 2010 - 4 January 2011

Key Information


The Empty Plan


Anja Kirschner and David Panos


FLAMIN Productions

Year Completed




Shooting format

HD Video

Screening format

Digi-beta, HD Digital File



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