Using found recordings, a research group from English Heretic reconstruct the attempted kidnap of Princess Anne by Ian Ball. On the evening of March 20th 1974 Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips were returning from a charity film event in support of The Riding For The Disabled Association, when their limousine was held up along the Mall, by Ball.
Eventually tackled by police officers, Ball was arrested. In May 1975, Ball was convicted of attempted murder and kidnap. A diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, Ball still remains in detention under the Mental Health Act. In presenting the kidnap from different angles: Ball’s confession; Reggie Bosanquet’s slurred ITN news report, and the mumbling gaucheness of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips’ recital on The Parkinson Show – what emerges is a Parallax View of the event. A cubist documentary. Time conflates and distorts, the players exhibit distinct symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – flashbulb memories of trivial details magnify and all notion of forensic truth smashes like a broken window in the back of Princess Anne’s limousine.
“You can look at a piece of a puzzle for three whole days, you can believe that you know all there is to know about its colouring and shape, and be no further on than when you started. The only thing that counts is the abolity to link this piece to the other pieces. The pieces are readable, take on a sense, only when assembled…” (G. Perec).