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  • Certification: 15
  • Run time: 54 minutes
  • Genre: Short Film

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I AM A SPY.
Director: Sarah Wood.
2014. 23 mins.

It was only in the twentieth century we needed papers to have an identity. Kafka’s Joseph K scrabbled in his pocket for something better than a bicycle license to prove who he was in the brave new world where official documents separate those who belong from those who are not allowed to belong. The borders of the new nation state offered frames for subterfuge. What happened on one side of the border had to be understood on the other. In the century when we invented aviation, when we invented cinema, in an age when we can move more and see more than any other point in history why have we become so watchful and so performative? I Am a Spy is a film that observes this watchfulness.

 

FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY.
Director: Sarah Wood.
2009. 8 mins.

In an age dominated by the moving image what would it feel like to never see an image of the place that you came from? The Palestinian Film Archive contained over 100 films showing the daily life and struggle of the Palestinian people. It was lost in the Israeli siege of Beirut in 1982. Here interviewees describe from memory key moments from the history of Palestinian cinema. These scenes are drawn and animated. Where film survives, the artist’s impressions are corroborated. This is a film about reconstruction and the idea that cinema is an expression of cultural identity – that cinema fuels memory.

 

THE COLOUR OF HIS HAIR.
Director: Sam Ashby.
UK 2017. 23 mins.

Sam Ashby’s The Colour of His Hair merges drama and documentary into an impressionistic meditation on queer life under the law. Based on an unrealised film script written in 1964 for The Homosexual Law Reform Society, a British organisation that campaigned for the decriminalisation of homosexual relations between men. The script tells of John and Peter, a young professional couple living in London who are the victims of a blackmail scam. Documentary footage, news clippings, archive films, and oral history recordings are woven around this central drama, highlighting the power inherent in the the archiving of queer trauma.

We are delighted to welcome artist Sam Ashby for a Q&A following the screening.

 

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