The Matterhorn: truth in fiction
The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
The Cinematic in Fictions | Episode 29

The Cinematic in Fictions | Episode 29

How to layer fiction with the cinematic: focus on Hong Kong filmmaker Fruit Chan [+ apartment buildings]
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Quarry Bay apartment building, Hong Kong (photo by the author)
Each week on The Matterhorn podcast, I discuss a way to layer fictions and discover the nuances of truth, using my novel as a catalyst but looking at other works of fiction as well as theory and interdisciplinary ideas. Each week, I also spend a little time on places & spaces, as part of a continued discourse on these ideas.
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Today’s episode links to “Part I: Quarry Bay, i” in A Hong Kong Story.

A full transcript can be accessed on the desktop web version.


  • Cinematic in fictions - some questions

  • Quasi-real

  • Filmic apartment ellipsis

  • Fruit Chan & Hong Kong filmmakers

  • Literary examples of using the cinematic & ideas for you

    • Allusions

    • “Haunting” the text

    • Genres

    • Montage

    • Cultural iconic

    • Absence

    • Film/society/politics

    • Cinematic Book genre

  • Place & Space focus - apartment buildings (see the trailers for some examples)

  • PS Let’s talk about “Adaptation” another time! I have a lot to say about it.


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The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
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