Dead Heat is based on the apparent suicide of David Kelly on the 17th July, 2003 and the subsequent Hutton Inquiry into his death. Kelly, one of the world’s pre-eminent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) scientists came to grief in his encounter with the UK’s Ministry of Defence when he publicly questioned the validity of the Government’s claim that Iraq could deploy WMD within 45 minutes. It reconstructs a phone conversation between Kelly and a journalist, days before his death, in the context of the Hutton Inquiry’s psychiatric report on Kelly.

Project Director: Dennis Del Favero


Two Channel Video. 8 minutes. BW. Stereo.

Part 1: 45 Minutes

Part 2: Halflife



  • ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, 2009
  • Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 2009
  • Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2009
  • Kunstraum Marion Scharman, Bonn, 2009
  • (45 Minutes) Art Amsterdam 2006, Amsterdam, 2006

Producer, Director and Designer: Dennis Del Favero

Writer: Stephen Sewell

Composer: Kate Moore

Sound Designer: Tony MacGregor and Dennis Del Favero

Sound Engineer: John Jacobs

Stylist and Designer: Karla Urizar

Steady-Cam Operator and Camera Assistant: David Mackenzie

Voice-overs: Kelly: John Greg; Journalist: Lucy Bell

Actors: Kelly: Ole Borch; Journalist: Annette Madden

Produced by the iCinema, Centre for Interactive Cinema Research,
University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Co-Produced in association with Radio Eye, ABC Radio National.

Assisted by the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.