Featuring Richard Heslop, Marc Karlin and Derek Jarman.
This new exhibition draws together works from three strikingly independent filmmakers key to the radical trajectory of the post-1976 English underground movement. Connected by themes of left field personal politics, history and nationality, and marked by an intense visual sensibility, Richard Heslop, Marc Karlin and Derek Jarman developed work both technically original and aesthetically radical.
WEEK TWO: THU 13 – SAT 15 JUNE EXHIBITION & EVENTS PROGRAMME
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Thu 13-Sat 15 June, 12-5pm daily
EXHIBITION // Marc Karlin
Described as one of the most significant unknown film-makers working in Britain during the past three decades, Karlin (1943 – 1999) was a central figure in the radical avant-garde of the 1970s and made a major contribution to the shaping of Channel 4. Newly digitised works are shown including Utopias (1989), For Memory (1986), and Between Times (1993) alongside a one-off screening of Nightcleaners (1975) on Saturday 15 June. Courtesy the Marc Karlin Archive.
Thu 13 & Fri 14 Jun, 12-5pm // Utopias (2h 15m) and Between Times (50m)
Sat 15 Jun, 12-2.15pm // Utopias (2h 15m) and For Memory (1h 44m)
Sat 15 June, 2.15pm (admission £3 on the door)
SCREENING // Nightcleaners [dir: Berwick Street Collective, 1975, 90m]
A documentary about the campaign to unionise the women who cleaned office blocks at night and who were being victimised and underpaid. Nightcleaners is increasingly recognised as a key work of the 1970s and an important precursor, in both subject matter and form, to political art practice. Courtesy LUX.
Following on from Vivid Project’s short introduction on Marc Karlin in March this year, three of Karlin’s films will be screened over a three days from tomorrow (13-15th June). Here is the flyer from the March event, promotional material for the June will be up soon.
Sheffield Hallam University Thursday, 13 June 2013 from 10:30 to 18:00 (BST) Sheffield, United Kingdom
“We want to make films that unnerve, that shake assumptions, that threaten, that do not soft-sell” Robert Kramer, ‘Newsreel’ Film Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Winter, 1968-69), p.46, University of California Press
The late ’60s and ’70s saw the development of documentary film collectives in the UK that addressed the burning political issues of their day. They developed radical forms of independent film production and distribution prior to digital or the web and produced a large body of work, from short agitational cinetracts to sophisticated essayistic features.
The symposium seeks to re-ignite the work of this radical wave, to ask how they engaged with politics and film and how this might inform politically engaged filmmaking today. It will feature films, and filmmakers, from the ’70s generation alongside radicals of today.
Keynote Speaker: Federico Rossin (Critic and Curator)
Panelists include: Holly Aylett (Vertigo and ‘In the Spirit of Marc Karlin’ project) · Luke Fowler (Artist, Turner Prize Nominee 2012) · Lina Gopaul and David Lawson (Black Audio Film Collective/Smoking Dog Films) · Ann Gueddes (Founder of Cinema Action) · Dan Kidner (Writer and Curator, recently published ‘Working Together: Notes on British Film Collectives in the 1970s’) · Christine Molloy (Artist, Desperate Optimists) · David Panos (Artist, Jarman Award Winner 2011) · Steve Sprung (Cinema Action/Poster Film Collective/Lusia Films)
RELATED TICKETED SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST SCREENINGS:
Wednesday 12 June · 18:45 · Showroom 2
‘The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott‘ (2012) by Luke Fowler
Thursday 13 June · 20:45 · Sheffield Library Theatre
‘The Stuart Hall Project‘ (2012) by John Akomfrah
The symposium is supported by: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Art and Design Research Centre, Sheffield Doc/Fest
Producers: Virginia Heath, Esther Johnson, Steve Sprung
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org · +44 (0)114 225 6918
Picture This, in association with the research project “In the Spirit of Marc Karlin”, is pleased to present an exhibition and screening programme focusing on the work of British Filmmaker Marc Karlin (1943-99). The Video Shop at Picture This hosts a presentation of photographs, documents and journals, whilst at Arnolfini, Picture This will present a weekend of screenings and talks (see below for full programme).
The screening programme at Arnolfini (13 – 15 April) begins with the seminal, Nightcleaners (1974). Initially commissioned as a campaign film in support of an attempt by the women’s movement to unionise London’s night cleaners, the film soon became something else entirely. Shot in black and white, and punctuated with sections of black leader, Nightcleaners fuses political documentary with a rigorous reflection on the materiality of film and the problems of representing struggle. For Memory (1986), featuring E.P. Thomson, explores historical memory, Between Times (1993) looks at the fate of the British Left in the wake of Thatcherism, and The Serpent (1997) is a drama-documentary that portrays Rupert Murdoch as the Satan of Paradise Lost.
Each screening at Arnolfini is followed by a Q&A with one of the filmmaker’s former colleagues, and the weekend concludes with a roundtable discussion featuring all the contributors.
The project is generously supported by Arts Council England. With special thanks to Arnolfini, BFI, LUX, and In the Spirit of Marc Karlin (Holly Aylett, Hermione Harris and Andy Robson).