BFI Filmstore and Filmarmalade Present: Lehrstücke, Objet petit a and The Great Game
Thursday, December 1st, 18:30h
NFT3, BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT
For the third year running the BFI Filmstore teams up with Filmarmalade to celebrate their 2011 DVD series. Filmarmalade is a publisher and DVD label specialising in contemporary artists' film and video works. The Filmstore is proud to host the launch of Filmarmalade's latest batch: Mirza/Butler's The Exception and the Rule, Miranda Pennell's Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed and the world premiere screening of Adam Roberts' latest film Remake. The screening will be introduced by Gordon Shrigley from Filmarmalade and we hope to have all the artists present on the night.
This event is supported by the IMT Gallery, London
- The Exception and the Rule (Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, UK/India/Pakistan, 2009, 37 min)
Mirza/Butler's The Exception and the Rule, filmed in Pakistan and India, is a complex bricolage of formal experiments, overlapping narratives, fictional collaborators and performative quotations that explore Bertolt Brecht's concept of Lehrstücke so as to ask the simple but urgent question "what is it to make a political film?". The Exception and the Rule supplements Mirza/Butler's ongoing agitprop project The Museum of Non Participation, which provides a place for workshops, community publishing, street interventions, language classes and public seminars through its various manifestations in Karachi and London.
- Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed (Miranda Pennell, UK, 2010,27 min)
Miranda Pennell's Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed, narrates the 1908 memoirs of Theodore Leighton Pennell, Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier, through a film work that is entirely constructed from period still photographs that are forensically examined and probed by Pennell's camera to reveal the beauty and charm of Army life on the North West frontier of British India, whilst the Afghans, who occupy the shadowy nitrate background, observe yet another colonial misadventure.
- Remake (Adam Roberts, UK, 2011, 31 min)
Adam Roberts' Remake, reshoots the 1960's Italian Grindhouse horror film Seddok, l'erede di Satana by Anton Giulio Majano scene for scene with the later dubbed English soundtrack, but minus the presence of any of the films characters. The story centres around a stripper who after being horribly disfigured in a car accident, contemplates suicide, until she meets Professor Levin who offers to heal her with a secretly developed atomic wonder drug that is able to regenerate damaged skin, but which leads to a spine-chilling result, as Levin's growing love for her ultimately leads to a string of blood-curdling murders.