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30 March 2017: Prismatic Music: The Films of Joseph Bernard


Close-Up and Brand New Blinkers are thrilled to present the first UK programme devoted to the films of Joseph Bernard, including a new sound collaboration that Joseph has embarked on with composer Simon Gore, who has scored a soundtrack to Joseph’s White Film.
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31 March - 2 April 2017: Toil and Trouble: The Films of Ing K

31 March - 2 April 2017: Toil and Trouble: The Films of Ing K

Ing K's fiercely partial interventions into a deeply divided Thailand riven by political unrest have made her a divisive figure at home. Her vocal broadsides against the "[international film] festival mafia" or "Thai Studies types" (who are often critical of her political affiliations) show that she doesn’t skirt controversy abroad either. Yet there can be no question about it: Ing K’s often troubling and always-forceful films deserve to be seen. This programme – the first UK retrospective of her work – comprises Ing K’s two fictional features and a selection of her documentary works.
31 March 2017: Shakespeare Must Die

31 March 2017: Shakespeare Must Die

Shakespeare Must Die is a faithful, word-for-word transposition of Macbeth to contemporary Thailand, meticulously translated by Ing K herself and admixed with local references both mythical and historical. Fusing Shakespearean royal drama with TV soap and Thai folk opera elements – the colourful sets and costumes were handcrafted by artist friends – this fever-dream rendition of ‘the world’s best-known study of tyranny’ doesn’t pull any punches.
1 - 29 April 2017: The King and the Mockingbird

1 - 29 April 2017: The King and the Mockingbird

We are delighted to start a new strand of programmes for the little ones. Starting this month we will present a series of films, animations and cartoons to the wonder of children and parents alike.
1 April 2017: My Teacher Eats Biscuits

1 April 2017: My Teacher Eats Biscuits

A John Waters-inspired no-budget independent movie starring friends of the director and filmed on 16mm, My Teacher Eats Biscuits is a savage and irreverent satire of religious beliefs, tailored to Thai audiences but with wider and indeed universal resonance. In the role of the arch villain: a sacred dog worshipped as His Holiness in a New Age ashram. Banned for 'depravity'in 1998 under a Democrat government, this film will be projected from the only existing 16mm print.
1 April 2017: Censor Must Die

1 April 2017: Censor Must Die

When their film Shakespeare Must Die is banned by the Thai Censorship Board, Ing K and her producer, acclaimed visual artist Manit Sriwanichpoom, don’t take the verdict lying down. Censor Must Die is the chronicle of their seemingly never ending struggle to repeal the ban, waiting in the anterooms of power while judgement is passed behind closed doors. Turns out the reasoning behind the verdict is as labyrinthine and intransparent as the increasingly Kafkaesque government architectures traversed by the two intrepid filmmakers. Curiously, Censor Must Die was itself exempt from the censorship process since, as the ruling went, it was "made from events that really happened."
2 April 2017: Citizen Juling

2 April 2017: Citizen Juling

Ostensibly a documentary about the fatal beating of Juling Pongkanmul, a young and idealistic Buddhist teacher, by an enraged mob in the Muslim-majority South of Thailand, Citizen Juling attends to the wider political circumstances and repercussions of this much-reported event. From encounters with the local population emerges a many-voiced conversation about divisions within contemporary Thai society. Eventually explanations are attempted and judgement is meted out by Ing K and her fellow travellers – but what the film leaves us with, outweighing their necessarily incomplete efforts, is a deep, interdenominational sense of grief.

Coming Soon

22 - 30 April 2017: The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement

22 - 30 April 2017: The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement

Close-Up and Czech Centre London present a season focusing on the rejection of established cinematic norms core to the early works of Czech director Miloš Forman and his contemporaries from the British Free Cinema movement. Marking the occasion of Miloš Forman’s 85th birthday, and screening mostly from original 16mm and 35mm prints, this programme uncovers for the first time the striking and instructive resemblances in the development of Czech and British cinema which evolved on parallel and sometimes interconnecting courses.