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DOC TREASURES DOC FRANTZ FANON: BLACK SKIN WHITE MASK Frantz Fanon was an Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary whose inspiring, ground-breaking writing of the 1950s and 1960s explored the psychopathology of colonisation. Subverting traditional documentary codes, artist Isaac Julien and Mark Nash here depict and unpack Fanon’s life and ideas through a rich, compact interweave of lustrous Algerian locations, archival footage and interviews with family members and critical thinkers, including the much-missed Stuart Hall. Fanon wrote that racism was the absolute depersonalisation of the individual and the film examines the extension of this dynamic through the complexity and problematics of language; whilst pointed, unusual framing emphasises the chains of gazing and desire that exists in the Oedipal relationship that Fanon identified between master and slave. A rich, poetic, powerful work, this newly restored version, which makes its world premiere at the LFF, looks both punchy and resplendent. William Fowler A BLEMISHED CODE 102 EXPERIMENTA Dir-Prod-Scr Moyra Davey. USA 2016. 41min. Sales greengrassi AD SAT 14* 18:30 NFT3 FRI 6 15:45 NFT3 FRI 6 18:30 NFT3 THU 5 SUN 8 21:00 NFT3 14:00 STUDIO LEK AND THE DOGS Dir Andrew Kötting. Prod Nick Taussig, Paul Van Carter. With Xavier Tchili. UK 2017. 90min. Prod Co Salon Pictures A profoundly personal essay film, reflecting on the value of a life lived versus a life recorded and inspired by the work of influential Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Moyra Davey examines her own artistic strategies alongside the work of Karl Ove Knausgård and Akerman. During the making of the film, Akerman took her own life. The filmmaker’s unexpected death soon engulfed Davey’s awareness, prompting a broader exploration of Akerman’s and her own biographies, amidst more universal themes of compulsion, artistic production, life and its passing. Benjamin Cook + WEDDING LOOP Dir-Prod-Scr Moyra Davey. USA 2017. 23min. Recounting a wedding party and the women involved, refl ected through the work of 19th-century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Total running 64min Combining science fiction, fairytale and archive, this story of a lost boy carries reminiscences of Tarkovsky. Based on the play by Hattie Naylor, Lek leaves his parents for a life with dogs. An enfant sauvage, he grows into society with emotional connections and values at odds with the world, leading to conflict and confusion. Kötting’s account of this ultimate outsider uses an extended range of visual styles derived from avant garde and genre cinema, creating a visual meditation on what it means to be an alien. Helen de Witt + 22:22 Dir Charlotte Ginsborg. UK 2017. 30min A performance of static apnoea (holding one’s breath under water) to access heightened psychological states, revealing contradictions between withdrawing from life and actively performing within it. Total running 120min HEMLOCK FOREST Dir-Prod-Scr Anne-Marie Copestake. UK 2017. 57min Prod Co Anne-Marie Copestake Poetic study of the life and work of artist Margaret Benyon, pioneer in the artistic use of holography. Giving voice to the unsung legacy of a pioneering woman artist, A Blemished Code is an impassioned meditation on the representation of female artists, the balancing of creative and domestic life, and the inherent tensions of being a woman working with new technology. The inner life of the subject is represented throughout by a brilliant musical score performed by The Muscles of Joy. Recipient of the first LFF Experimenta Pitch Award. Benjamin Cook + THE WELFARE OF TOMÁS Ó HALLISSY Dir Duncan Campbell. Ireland-UK 2016. 31min Portrait of a society on the brink of irreversible change, inspired by anthropological studies into the huge incidence of mental illness in 1960s rural Ireland. Total running 88min Dir Isaac Julien. Prod Mark Nash. Scr Isaac Julien, Mark Nash. With Colin Salmon, Stuart Hall. UK-Tunisia-Martinique 1996. 70min. UK Distribution BFI Distribution   The film was digitally remastered in 2K through the BFI’s Unlocking Film heritage programme. BRITISH BRITISH * BRITISH See something different player.bfi.org.uk


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