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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.
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28 March 2017: William Raban: Making Films Politically?

28 March 2017: William Raban: Making Films Politically?

Close-Up and Carroll/Fletcher are delighted to present a programme of films by William Raban. Artist filmmaker William Raban was a central figure of the London Film-makers' Co-operative. Initially known for his landscape and expanded cinema works of the 1970s, Raban's films from the 1990s onwards look at the island of Britain and its people, in the context of the global economy and the effects of urban change. The programme will be followed by a Q&A with William Raban, moderated by Steve Fletcher.
29 March 2017: Extracted and Circulated

29 March 2017: Extracted and Circulated

Charting new lines through their individual and shared practices Sasha Litvintseva & Graeme Arnfield present a programme that commingles their own recent film works with images collected and re-presented from the disorganised archives of YouTube. Allowing each video to become starting points for each other, the screening aims to dissolve the hierarchies of found, processed and produced material.
30 March 2017: Prismatic Music: The Films of Joseph Bernard

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.
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 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.

Calendar

Wed 29 Mar 7:30pm
Extracted and Circulated
Fri 31 Mar 7:30pm
Shakespeare Must Die
Sat 01 Apr 4:30pm
My Teacher Eats Biscuits
Sat 01 Apr 7:00pm
Censor Must Die
Sun 02 Apr 6:00pm
Citizen Juling