Video 22 minutes, English/Spanish/Dutch

Lo-band U-matic Video, incorporating Super 8 film (GB)

Price DVD: 50 Euros

Made during a residency at the Media Park, Bracknell (GB)

A DVD with German subtitles edited by Rainer Nelissen was produced in 2009, German translation, Tanya Ury & Amin Farzanefar.

Trailer 3:15 minutes



The Riddle is based on the Eleusinian Mysteries, the Greek myth of Demeter, the earth goddess, whose daughter Persephone, representing spring and rebirth, is banned to the Underworld. The piece traces the early life of a Spanish woman living in England. Romantic speculations for the future are thwarted by a sexual attack and the possible outcome of a pregnancy. Issues of mortality are debated by prospective children in an imaginary under or other world.




Direction, Script, Edit: Tanya Ury

Camera: Tanya Ury, Mark Browne

Actors: Mark Browne, Natalia Farran-Graves, Paul Gibson, Catherine Rathwell, Philip White

Donna Griffiths and Piyush Bharania at the Reading Centre for the Deaf

Music: Extracts from “Persephone“ by Stravinsky

Folksong “The Riddle“ anon. sung by Natalia Farran-Graves

Trailer 3:15 minutes 


1991 Sheffield Media Show

1991 Nexus, Hull events week

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