Frank Cole: Life Without Death

25 Sep 2015 – 4 Oct 2015

Event times

Film duration: 86mins.

Evening previews screenings are Friday 25 September and Thursday 1 October: 6pm, 7.30pm

During regular opening hours screenings begin at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm

Cost of entry

Free entrance

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Train: Deptford, New Cross

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‘Life Without Death’ is a minimalist, death-obsessed first-person account of Frank Cole’s record-breaking solo trek across the Sahara in 1990.


Following the death of his grandfather, he set out to confront his own mortality by embarking, Bolex movie camera in hand, on a 7,000-kilometre crossing of the African desert on camel, from Mauritania to Sudan.

The self-shot, diaristic feature-length film, which took Cole a decade to edit, chronicles the remarkably arduous journey, the toll it takes on his body, and the human dangers — civil wars, suspicious authorities, marauders — he encounters along the way.

The result is a meditative, obsessive work of intense power and poetry.

Cole was murdered when he was attempting another Sahara crossing a decade later in October 2000.



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Pierre Coinde

Exhibiting artists

Frank Cole


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