The Five Obstructions ... is a 2003 Danish film by Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth. ...The premise is that Lars von Trier has created a challenge for his friend and mentor, Jørgen Leth, another filmmaker. Von Trier's favourite film is Leth's The Perfect Human (1967). Von Trier gives Leth the task of remaking The Perfect Human five times, each time with a different 'obstruction' (or obstacle) given by von TrierFollowing closely in some vague footprint of this, comes "The Three Obstructions".
- Each Monday, Andrew or Ben will set a theme for the week's writing.
- The other will then produce a set of three obstructions to apply to the theme that week.
- By Sunday, each of the writers will have posted a piece of writing (no less than 500 words unless otherwise stated), following the theme and obstructions.
The challenge is to inspire creativity in the restriction of technique, forcing each writer out of self-set comfort zones.
The project will be a learning experience, a test and (hopefully) a pleasure and we hope you enjoy it as much as we hope we do.
Please feel free to suggest future themes or obstructions in the comments for consideration.