Archive of films The Coming Race / The Coming Race

United Kingdom
2006, 5 min

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Year: 2014

A large group of pilgrims climb a rocky mountain slope, whose inhospitable environment is intensified by the roar of high winds. Where are they going? Is there a purpose to their journey? A raw movie inspired by the novel of the same name from Victorian writer E. G. E. Bulwer-Lytton.


A large and essentially undirected group of people trek up a rocky, fog-covered mountain – as well as moving in the opposite direction – and it’s unclear what they’re doing in this inhospitable place. Their numbers grow but the circumstances remain shrouded, and the film evokes anxiety through uncertainty. Are they pilgrims? Are they perhaps on the run? The picture, in which a nipping wind drowns out all expressions of human voice, was named for the 1870 Victorian novel by E. G. E. Bulwer- Lytton – a work that posits the notion of people living inside the mountain, long considered by many to be based in fact.


Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 5JF, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 203 141 2960

About the film

Black & white, 16 mm

Section: Tribute to Ben Rivers
Director: Ben Rivers
Screenplay: Ben Rivers
Dir. of Photography: Ben Rivers
Editor: Ben Rivers
Producer: Ben Rivers
Contact: LUX


Ben Rivers

Film Director


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