This photographic diptych depicts two views of an interior set used by Douglas for his two-channel video installation Journey into Fear, 2001.
Douglas’ installation was inspired by the 1975 Daniel Mann film Journey into Fear, one of the first major films to be shot on location in Vancouver. Mann’s film a remake of the 1942 film of the same name directed by Norman Foster, which was based on the 1940 novel by Eric Ambler.
Ambler’s book and Foster’s film are set during the Second World War. The protagonist is an arms dealer named Mr Graham who has been negotiating a sale in Turkey. He is forced to flee the country on a commercial sea trawler which he discovers is also occupied by a sniper hired to assassinate him and his would-be assailant’s employer, Möller. Möller gives Graham an ultimatum: Graham must choose to be killed en route, or to feign an illness and remain convalescing in hospital for three weeks in Italy. The latter option would delay the shipment of arms Graham has organised, putting the Allies at a disadvantage in the War…