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26 September 2019: The Liberated Film Club IX with Laura Mulvey


"Because you're sick of knowing exactly what you're going to get and you're sick when you get it."

The Liberated Film Club began as a pirate DVD company, issuing irregular mail-order catalogues of lost, suppressed and impossible films otherwise unobtainable. It hosts a monthly event at Close-Up, with guests invited to introduce a film which neither they nor the audience know in advance of screening. As John Akomfrah, one of the previous guests put it: "the premise of these events is the premise of cinema itself. You will not know". Recent guests have included Adam Christensen, Juliet Jacques, Athina Tsangari, Chloe Aridjis, Sean Price Williams, Xiaolu Guo, Mania Akbari and many more.


We're thrilled to welcome Laura Mulvey as our special guest for the ninth instalment of The Liberated Film Club, and an edition of 5 risograph printed posters signed by the guest will be available exclusively on the night.

Laura Mulvey is a feminist film theorist from Britain, best known for her essay on Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema. Her theories are influenced by the likes of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan (by using their ideologies as “political weapons”) whilst also including psychoanalysis and feminism in her works. Mulvey is predominantly known for her theory regarding sexual objectification on women in the media, more commonly known as "The Male Gaze” theory.

The Liberated Film Club is curated by Winstanley Schtinter. Schtinter has been described as an artist by the Daily Mail and as an exorcist by the Daily Star. According to the writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair he is "the last avant-garde provocateur". On October 31st in 2019 he will present his most ambitious work yet: The Festival of Great Britain (and Northern Ireland) at The White Hotel in Manchester.