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BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017

STRANDS @BFI 63 SAT 4 NOV 20:15 NFT3 WED 15 NOV 20:45 NFT3 The Films of Expo67 + discussion TRT 110min ‘In nearly every pavilion of Montreal’s spectacularly successful world exhibition … there is film, film, film unreeling.’ (Time, July 1967). Sometimes dubbed the first ‘McLuhanesque’ world’s fair, Expo67 provided a unique forum for cinematic interactions with other arts, media and new technologies. The works we screen here offer a fascinating mix of classic and rediscovered footage from 1967: rare competition-winning films by Pavel Prochazka and Jan Svankmajer; Expo commissions by Graeme Ferguson (Polar Life), Charles Gagnon (The Eighth Day), and Robert Cordier (Miracles in Modern Medicine). The programme also includes two new films inspired by Expo: Ian Helliwell’s Expo67 – An Audiovisual Collage, and Philip Hoffman and Eva Kolcze’s By the time we got to Expo. The post-screening discussion will be hosted by Craig Moyes (CQFCS, University of London), Janine Marchessault (University of York) and Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University) with filmmakers Robert Cordier, Philip Hoffman and Ian Helliwell. For more info on the related conference, go to modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/centre-quebecand french-canadian-studies It Showed Banned and Independent Films: The New Cinema Club TRT 115min One of just a handful of London organisations that screened artist and experimental films in the late 1960s, the New Cinema Club (NCC) and its founder Derek Hill quickly developed a reputation for pushing boundaries as they took on works that failed to get distribution, or were censored by the BBFC. Andy Warhol and Dusan Makavejev were just two to benefit. The NCC began 50 years ago this month, and we celebrate by screening its first film – the powerful 16mm direct cinema work Warrendale (Canada 1967. 101min), about a home for disturbed adolescents. Originally made for TV, its broadcast was prevented following director Allan King’s refusal to exorcise its considerable profanities and scenes of emotional violence. It was released in cinemas instead and, along with Antonioni’s Blow-Up, won the critics’ prize at Cannes. EXPERIMENTA Artist film and alternative moving image culture TALK Miracles of Modern Medicine courtesy of Robert Cordier and Library and Archives Canada Warrendale


BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017
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