Australian Video Art Archive

Dennis Del Favero



00:04:13 2007

Spectre is a DVD Video project dealing with the apparent suicide of Roberto Calvi, "God's Banker", on 17 June 1982. Calvi, an ardent Catholic, was Chairman of Banco Ambrosiano and banker for the Vatican, the Mafia, P2 (Italy's state within a state, of which Silvio Berlusconi, the former Prime Minister was a member) and Italy's leading political parties. He was found dead under Blackfriar's Bridge, London two days after it was revealed that his bank had laundered billions of dollars via death squads in South America, the Solidarity movement in Poland and various Italian political parties. Framed by a conversation recorded between Calvi and Manuela Kleinzig, a Mafia figure, it reconstructs the last 48 hours of Cavi's life as Kleinzig convinces Calvi to fly with her to safe haven in London. Kleinzig, along with four others, is currently on trial in Rome charged with Calvi's muder.

Spectre can be presented as a single channel DVD Video Installation.

Spectre forms Part Six of Del Favero's larger Slipstream project, a suite of trailers dealing with the schizophrenia of the world.

Director, Producer and Designer: Dennis Del Favero.
Writer: Stephen Sewell.

Composer: Kate Moore.
Sound Designer: Tony MacGregor and Dennis Del Favero.
Sound Engineer: Andre Shaburov.
Stylist and Designer: Karla Urizar.
Steady-Cam Operator and Camera Assistant: David Mackenzie.
On-Line Editor and DVD Authoring: Greg Ferris.
Calvi: Peter Sumner;
Kleinzig: Eloise Boxer.
Calvi: Adam Hatz;
Kleinzig: Emilie Bell.

Published and produced by the iCinema, Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Co-Produced in association with Radio Eye, ABC Radio National, the College of Fine Arts and Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

DVD available.