Still from cannibal holocaust 1980

Still from cannibal holocaust 1980

 ‘There Is No Other’ 2015, personal message from Francesca Ciardi.

‘There Is No Other’ 2015, personal message from Francesca Ciardi.

In 2015 I had the pleasure of meeting Francesca Ciardi in her beautiful coffee shop in the middle of a sleepy Cotswold village. Francesca once starred in the infamous cult horror film ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ directed by Ruggero Deodato in 1980.

To mark the meeting with Francesca Ciardi I asked her to sign the book ‘Killing for Culture’ by David Kerkes & David Slater, alongside the chapter about the film. As an artwork I asked Francesca to write a short sentence “Darren, There’s no other” to try and dispel the fears of the unknown and the violent depiction of other peoples, cultures and ideas. The work is, in part, a healing process to acknowledge that violence has no justification. The film was obviously a difficult experience for Ciardi and the actors involved, and the book dedication forms an endearing, or a heart-felt message to a horror film fan.