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d. Wilhelm Sasnal / Poland / 2010 /  70 mins
Downstairs @ Prince Charles Cinema (London, UK)

Still from Wilhelm Sasnal's Fallout

The overwhelming majority of post-apocalyptic or dystopic visions served up to cinema audiences – dominated, naturally, by the character-lite, formulaic plotting of roaming gangs of Hollywood writers – present a humanity which exists purely to overcome adversity, re-populate the Earth and live happily ever after. And yet it surely seems more likely that the survivors of some cataclysmic event would eventually continue to do exactly what they did beforehand: wander through life with purposeless abandon, look after their own interests above anything resembling the common good, and sit around awaiting instruction on what to do next. It might make for challenging viewing at times, but thankfully it is precisely this sort of vision which Polish artist and filmmaker Wilhelm Sasnal serves up in his second feature, Fallout.

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d. John Akomfrah / 2010 / UK / 46 mins
BFI Gallery @ BFI Southbank (London, UK)

View of Mnemosyne at BFI Gallery

A single-channel video work comprised of newly shot images, excerpts from past works and a swathe of archival materials from BBC Midlands, Birmingham Public Library and MACE (the Media Archive for Central England), Mnemosyne is a new gallery work from Ghanaian-born, London-raised artist and documentarian John Akomfrah.

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Beautiful Losers
d.  Aaron Rose & Joshua Leonard / 2008 / USA / 89 mins

Still from Beautiful Losers

An interesting, if rather slight, contemporary art documentary, Beautiful Losers introduces a diverse group of artists/filmmakers/agitators who coalesced around the Alleged Gallery on New York’s Lower East Side in the early 1990s. Co-directed by Aaron Rose, who also ran the gallery itself, the film traces the lives, loves and careers of the Alleged gang, from graphic and street artists like Geoff McFetridge, Thomas Campbell, Stephen ‘ESPO’ Powers, Barry ‘Twist’ McGee, Shepard Fairey, skateboarder Ed Templeton and the late Margaret Kilgallen, to filmmakers and photographers like Cheryl Dunn, Mike Mills and Harmony Korine.

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13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests
d. Andy Warhol / 1964-66 / USA / 4 mins per film
with live music by Dean and Britta
@ Barbican Theatre (London, UK)

Dean & Britta performing 13 Most Beautiful at the Barbican (Photo: http://www.quarterlifeparty.com/)

It’s a simple enough concept: grab a camera and a roll of 16mm film, point said camera at your friend, acquaintance or personal superstar and keep shooting until the very last frame has had its all too brief moment in front of the shutter. No sound, no dialogue, no enforced action of any sort…just faces in the frame – some smiling and a few scowling, plenty of posing and a couple of tears.

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The Lacey Rituals
d. Lacey Family /  1973 / UK / 63 mins
VT1 @ BFI Stephen Street (London, UK)

Bruce Lacey, 1970

There’s something glorious, something quietly revolutionary about this underrated gem of 1970s documentary experimentation. Bruce Lacey – artist, filmmaker, inventor, urban spaceman, pagan ritualist and Beatles lawnmower – guides his young family in a demonstration of the quotidian rituals that are largely written out of everyday cinema.

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