Starling Fallanx

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Victim of the V.U.E. (Violent Unknown Even) that affected 19 million humans in Peter Greenaway's bizarre yet charming 1980 film The Falls. The film profiles, documentary-style, 92 individuals affected by the event. The event caused random people to develop bird-like desires and mutations, speak new languages, have recurring dreams involving water, and occasional immortality.

She is a jazz band singer and played by real jazz band singer Marcia Pendlebury.

Perhaps finding it difficult to cripple a moving target, the VUE's interest in Starling Fallanx has been sporadic. But now that she has settled, she can no longer taste salt, open her eyes under water, wear velvet next to her skin or smell hawthorn blossom. But she is still able to teach her daughters to whistle the thirty-two songs of the nightingale and astonish them by locking her Achilles tendons to grip apples with the soles of her feet. Of all the VUE's attributes Starling felt the most, and, at the same time, the least enthusiastic about, was immortality.

Starling sings a different-worded version of "The Lady is a Tramp:"

"She goes to the opera and she knows every line
She goes to Shakespeare and thinks him fine
She likes to go swimming down in Abersoch Bay
She goes to the Eisteddfod and she stays wide awake"

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