ICA – 19 Aug 2016 – 15 Sep 2016
A poetic protest against the destructive social and environmental effects of industrialisation in China.
Zhao Liang’s visually arresting and meditative film takes us to the heart of the Chinese mining industry, highlighting its toxic impact. Sheep farmers are driven from their pastures to make way for mines; sick miners with ruined lungs lie dying in local hospitals. A mountain paradise becomes an industrial wasteland surrounded by ghost towns of brand-new, deserted apartment blocks. In the Old Testament, the mountains are the domain of a monster named Behemoth; in modern times the vast mining industry has taken this monster’s place. Continue reading Behemoth (Zhao Liang, 2015 )
A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir. Continue reading The Land of the Enlightened
The Clapham Grand Olympic Cinema
Monday 5 September
The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse is a feature length documentary profiling singer / songwriter Mark Linkous – one of the brightest lights of the alternative music scene – who released five critically-acclaimed albums between 1995 and 2009 before taking his own life in 2010. This film celebrates his life, music and legacy.
A hugely influential figure in the cult music scene, Sparklehorse’s collaborators and admirers included, amongst others, Tom Waits, David Lynch, Thom Yorke, PJ Harvey, The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals, Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas, Black Francis, Iggy Pop and Suzanne Vega. This new film profiles Linkous’ battles with drug and alcohol addiction and the paralysis and debilitating mental illness that resulted in his suicide. Continue reading The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse
Upstairs @ the Ritzy – Sat 3 September
Filmmaker Jordan Thierry offers context and conversation in this honest exploration of fatherhood in Black America. Through a telling of his own story and interviews with historians, he traces the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a history much more complex and profound than is often told. Putting that history into perspective is a dialogue among fathers discussing their experiences, inspirations, and insight on how communities can come together to ensure the power of a father’s love is not lost on America’s Black children. Continue reading UK premiere “The Black Fatherhood Project”
ICA Thursday 8 September
A unique, one-night-only cinema event on Thursday 8 September directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feelingis the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The film screens in cinemas across the world on 8 September 2016, immediately prior to the release of Skeleton Tree the following day.
Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s narration and improvised rumination.
Filmed in black-and-white and colour, the result is fragile, raw and a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.
Continue reading One More Time with Feeling @ ICA
Gary Numan, the Godfather of electronic pop music has moved home, lock stock and apparel to embark on a one-way trip to California, in search of a new life in the sun and new challenges in Hollywood. With him go his wife Gemma, daughters; Raven, Persia and Echo and filmmakers Steve Read & Rob Alexander.
Numan took the sound of early electronica and fused it with strong images of his on stage alter-egos, to invent something totally unique. Seemingly coming from nowhere and topping the charts with songs about the merits of being an android and the solitude of car interiors, he took the planet by storm. Continue reading Android in Lala Land (Steve Read & Rob Alexander, 2015)