TOA/V: Home (J. G. Ballard’s The Enormous Space)

Speaking of Ballardian things…

Graham Wynd

HOME (2003)

An adaptation of JG Ballard‘s “The Enormous Space,” written and directed by Richard Curson Smith, with Antony Sher. A disturbing, darkly comic tale of a man who attempts to sever all contact with the outside world, by simply staying at home. As Gerald Ballantyne rids himself of the surface clutter in his life he is lead to a startling discovery; a mystery about the house begins to reveal itself, though possibly only in his fevered mind. The changes begin to obsess and take control of Ballantyne, bring his experiment to a chilling climax.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper immediately comes to mind on seeing this; her protagonist gets forced into isolation while Ballard’s seems to choose his, but both suffer peculiar and disorienting effects of it. Both stories also illuminate the effects of gender on perceptions of isolation. Gilman’s narrator suffers from having her agency (and…

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