100 Words: The Vanishing Act


here were various objections to shopping malls offering indoor mountain climbing, mainly from environmentalists. After Tim Willem’s disappearance the critics became more vocal. Despite several highly publicized search operations the body was never found.

His brother wrote a book about the events, but legal threats from the mall got it censored. As the movie rights had already been acquired, the film was also rewritten. In The Vanishing Act Tim Willem disappears while playing golf. The poster depicts an empty golf cart in a spectacular magenta sunset. It was probably for the best. After all, indoor mountains are not very cinematic.

by Maija Haavisto