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2-31 December: Jonas Mekas 100!


We conclude our Jonas Mekas retrospective with 4 additional programmes curated by Herb ShellenbergerJonas Mekas' highly personal film diaries recorded many of the underground events from the 1950s to the 80s as well as his own life, creating a unique body of work that is both a record of those eventful years and remarkable film poetry. 2022 would have been the 100th anniversary of this legendary filmmaker, and to celebrate this occasion we’re delighted to present the most comprehensive survey of his work to date.
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Showing This Week

Fri 2 Dec, 8:15pm: Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

Fri 2 Dec, 8:15pm: Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

This film consists of three parts. The first part is made up of footage I shot with my first Bolex during my first years in America, mostly from 1950-1953… The second part was shot in August 1971, in Lithuania. Almost all of the footage come from Semeniskiai, the village I was born in… 
Sat 3 Dec, 7pm: The New American Cinema and After

Sat 3 Dec, 7pm: The New American Cinema and After

While currents of experimental film in the United States could be traced back to the early decades of the 20th century, a full blossoming of new film artists in the early 1960s arrived under the aegis of a collective called the New American Cinema Group.
Sat 3 Dec, 8:15pm: Jonas Mekas: Short Films & Videos 1966–2017

Sat 3 Dec, 8:15pm: Jonas Mekas: Short Films & Videos 1966–2017

This programme presents a curated selection of Jonas Mekas’s short-form works made across a fifty-one-year period, showcasing the remarkable breadth of cinematic forms that he worked in over the decades.
Sun 4 Dec, 2:30pm: As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

Sun 4 Dec, 2:30pm: As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

Perhaps Jonas Mekas’s cinematic magnum opus, As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty is the filmmaker’s nearly five-hour film which he describes as “a masterpiece of nothing”.
Sun 4 Dec, 8:15pm: Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man

Sun 4 Dec, 8:15pm: Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man

“Late at night, the city is sleeping, everybody is sleeping… only the filmmakers are awake.” Jonas Mekas’s late period film Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man is a reverie built up from discarded footage not used in any of his other films.

In December

11 December 2022: Finnish/Female/Feminist Filmmakers

11 December 2022: Finnish/Female/Feminist Filmmakers

A programme of 10 short films, all screened on 16mm prints, by trail-blazing women filmmakers in Finland from 1960s to 1990s.
18 December 2022: With Faith in God

18 December 2022: With Faith in God

Voted the greatest Yugoslav silent film and rediscovered to a standing ovation at Pordenone’s Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Popović’s highly conscientious, ascetic, and altogether sensitive work stands alongside Dreyer and Tarkovsky. With Faith in God is poetry at its best.