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Date(s) - 17/11/2016

The Gate Cinema


“I don’t look at a face,” says Donna Washington in Mike Hoolboom’s extraordinarily moving Scrapbook. “I disappear into it.” The mercurial Hoolboom has long been a doyenne of experimental film, proudly inhabiting the margins. Yet major film festivals such as Edinburgh and his native Toronto have garlanded him with Best Short Film Awards. It’s a reminder that experimental doesn’t necessarily mean niche. Therefore we hope you find plenty here to disappear into.


La Dada – King Deer (La Dada – König Hirsch)

LA DADA – KING DEER is a filmic ode to the artist Sophie Taeuber (1889 – 1943) and to her dadaistic work. A dancer and a singer perform a duet with Taeuber’s marionettes and revive Dada as a collective art – still fresh and experimental after 100 years of its appearance. The masking of dancer and singer bring to mind the courage of Sophie Taeuber. Despite the threat of dismissal from the School of Applied Arts she continued performing as a dadaist – henceforth, dancing with mask and pseudonym.

Dir: Anka Schmid | Prod: Anka Schmid | Switzerland | 7 mins


The Essential Cornishman

An audio-visual stream of consciousness. Entirely unedited, in terms of writing, performance and visuals. A homage to the spontaneous prose of The Beats, from the cove poets of the mythical Cornish west.

Dir: Mark Jenkin | Prod: Mark Jenkin | UK | 6 mins


The Future is a Waste of Time

A film about a time-travelling film, brutalist architecture, utopian desire, digital decay, and the demolition of Birmingham Central Library, combining experimental abstraction and a throbbing synth soundtrack to evoke the ecstatic life of a building.

Dir: Michael Lightborne | Prod: Michael Lightborne | UK, Ireland | 18 mins



Blackout is a film about time, specifically the loss of time as experienced by a recently sober, 23 year-old woman. The narrator of the film discusses her history of experiencing blackouts through drinking; covering a five year time period that culminated in an entire three-day time-loss, her last bender. Visually, the work stutters through black moments, punctuated by originally recorded, heavily-edited abstract and representational images. The combination of materials creates a visual upheaval that echoes the content of the narrative.

Dir: Jordan Baseman | Prod: Jordan Baseman | UK, USA | 12 mins



distortion uses the aesthetic potential of digital encoding techniques on the basis of found avant-gardistic and ephemeral film footage (eg. Commissioned Films). Since the films are copy-protected, their digital reproductions are encoded. By copying the moving images they become transformed into distorted forms and patterns, which are condensed by Nsiah’s rhythmic montage and distilled by Billy Roisz’ soundtrack.

Dir: Lydia Nsiah | Prod: Lydia Nsiah | Austria | 5 mins


Movements Arising from Different Relationships

This work continues the focus on the following phenomenon that occurs in the space between regularity and irregularity: 1. Fluctuations in the timing of sound 2. Change in tone quality (change which arises as a result of noise from resistive elements and other factors during noise generation) 3. Movement of particles and lines 4. Shape and form This time round, with regard to point 3 above, this movie also utilizes the different movements caused by different relationships between minute units such as structures and cells in living organism, as well as particles and lines in non-living matter to explore further feelings of pleasantness through the expression of these differences in addition to combining different types of movement. For the biotic movement, mice expressing fluorescent proteins in their neural tissue were used, and the neural tissue in their brains was made transparent.

Dir: Masahiro Tsutani | Prod: Masahiro Tsutani | Japan | 13 mins



Lensed in Ohio’s Broadview Developmental Center in 1967 by secret camera genius and audio visual healer Jeffrey Paull, Scrapbook tells the story of audacious autistic Donna Washington in her own words, as she encounters pictures of one of her former selves fifty years later.

Dir: Mike Hoolboom | Prod: Mike Hoolboom | Canada | 19 mins


Dear Marianne

A Cornishman’s travels in Ireland, through the counties of Wexford, Waterford and Cork in search of the familiar. Shot on Super 8 colour reversal film stock and produced according to the rules of the Silent Landscape Dancing Grain 13 Film Manifesto.

Dir: Mark Jenkin | Prod: Mark Jenkin | UK | 6 mins


Tickets: €7.00 / €6.00 Concession