This is Now: JUST IMAGES
The moral, political and symbolic integrity of the image itself is interrogated and overturned in these richly textured films. Young filmmakers bring on the post-modern age.
The Court of Miracles, UK, 1982, dir. John Maybury, 44 min
“John Maybury casts Siouxsie Sioux in one of the singularly most stunning and ambitious Super 8 works of the era.”
Glory Boys?, UK, 1983, dir. Vanda Carter, 4 min
“I was looking through boys’ comics and books at the images of ‘honour’, ‘heroism’ and violence. Then there was the Falklands War, and the newspapers, TV and other media were recycling the same emotive non-sense to paper over the cracks and the calculated, futile waste of lives. This is intended to be a serious film. So many people were deceived.”
Territories, UK, 1984, dir. Isaac Julien
“Territories uses experimental forms to look at life in Britain in 1984, focusing on the experience of the Black British. The film recognises that the different power dynamics that determine this experience are difficult to reduce to straightforward explanations and instead uses the term ‘territories’ to reflect the multiple agendas and experiences at work. These agendas – or ‘territories’ – involve race, class and sexuality.”
Psychic TV: Unclean, UK, 1984, dir. Cerith Wyn Evans & John Maybury, 9 min
“A profane montage of male flesh, masked coitus and forlorn angels.”
Just Images’ is one of seven curated film programmes from the major new touring project THIS IS NOW: FILM AND VIDEO AFTER PUNK. Presented by LUX in partnership with the BFI National Archive, the series looks at artists’ film and video from the post-punk era (1978–85), a unique moment when inexpensive domestic technologies gave rise to new modes of expression and enabled new voices to be heard. The BFI National Archive has restored twenty Super 8 and 16mm films from this period and the majority of titles are presented for the first time in over three decades. For more information, please visit: thisisnow.org.uk
Distributed by Lux with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.