|Both Sides Now 2 - Wong Wing|
The inaugural Artist Film Weekender at Manchester’s HOME arts centre presents work by artists working in film. The event celebrates the re-launch of Cornerhouse Artist Film as HOME Artist Film, which is known for the production and distribution of artist films including Jamie Shovlin’s Rough Cut, Bob and Roberts Smith’s Art Party, Gillian Wearing’s Self Made and Andrew Kötting’s Swandown.
This year, HOME Artist Film releases include the award-winning Subconscious Society by Rosa Barba and The Most Cruel of all Goddesses by Declan Clarke.
HOME Artist Film is an international leader in the field and aims to exploit innovation across the production, distribution and exhibition of feature length films made by filmmakers with a background in visual art.
In June HOME and Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival launched Feature Expanded, a new and ground-breaking two-art training programme for visual artists developing and producing their first feature film – concluding in Italy as part of the festival on 21 November.
|The Most Cruel of All Goddesses - Declan Clarke (Sara Ellis)|
HOME is one of the only organisations in the UK with a 5-screen cinema dedicated to specialised and independent film. It is the lead organisation for the BFI’s Film Audience Network for the North West Central England region (Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire).
HOME is also the North West’s BFI Film Academy, with a production programme for 16-19 year olds, and produces the UK’s largest Spanish & Latin American Film Festival, ¡Viva!.
The Weekender has been curated by Sarah Perks, artistic director: visual art at HOME, who said “After the success of Cornerhouse Artist Film, we’re ready to embark on the next phase of the journey as HOME Artist Film – producing, curating, distributing and writing about artist film and its place at the intersection of gallery and cinema. With the addition of distribution expert Artistic Director Jason Wood to HOME, we’re in a unique position to investigate and celebrate this incredibly exciting field of work.”
Artist Film Weekender highlights
Transactions of Desire (Fri 27 Nov, 18:20)
A compilation of films curated for HOME’s inaugural theme, Transactions of Desire, which asks what really motivates our intimate relationships and actions. This screening includes short films by Jessey Tsang, Chris Paul Daniels, Rachel Maclean, Wu Tsang and Rob Crosse. HOME also present two publications of the same name; a book of short romantic fiction stories from writers including Douglas Coupland and Lynne Tillman; and a self-help book that accompanies its upcoming exhibition Safe, and includes contributions from Hannah Black, Emma Jane Unsworth and John Walter. There will be live music from the queen of heartbreak songs, singer-songwriter Najia Bagi. This project has been developed with the support of Film Hub North West Central, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.
The Most Cruel of all Goddesses (Sat 28 Nov, 16:30)
Shot on 16mm film, The Most Cruel of all Goddesses unites artist Declan Clarke’s relationship with the loss of history and the haunt of grand narratives and impending doom. The film follows a covert agent, trailing a line of investigation that seems to lead him, via Manchester, Salford, London and Wuppertal, back to the life of Friedrich Engels and his ultimate fate. A critique of playwright Ödon von Horváth, the film previously featured in HOME’s opening exhibition, The heart is deceitful above all things. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and Dr Andy Willis, University of Salford. This event is part of Engels Day.
Shine So Hard (Sat 28 Nov, 18:20)
A programme of rare work first screened at the ICA, London in the early 1980s. Alongside John Smith’s 30 minute film for Echo and the Bunnymen’s Shine So Hard EP release, HOME presents work by Derek Jarman and Bill Butt working with musicians including Marianne Faithfull and Pink Floyd. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers John Smith and Bill Butt, reunited for the first time since their Echo and Bunnymen collaboration.
Both Sides Now 2: David Blandy and Wong Ping (Sun 29 Nov, 16:00)
The CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester), Videotage and Videoclub present three films apiece from UK based artist David Blandy, and Hong Kong artist Wong Ping. Both artists are currently showing work in CFCCA’s Both Sides Now 2 exhibition, which explores themes of nationality and identity, until Sun 6 Dec. Both artists take part in a Q&A following the screening.
The Tin Screen: no.w.here’s 10th birthday (Sun 29 Nov, 18:20)
HOME celebrates the 10th anniversary of no.w.here, a bespoke space for artist filmmaking based in East London, with a special compilation of artist films that includes work from Bradley Eros & Tim Geraghty, James Holcombe, Ben Gwilliam, Hang Jun Lee, Charlotte Prodger, James Richards and Vicky Smith. no.w.here founders Karen Mirza and Brad Butler will take part in a Q&A after the screening. This project has been developed with the support of Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a part of the BFI Film Audience Network.
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