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19 October 2019: The Liberated Film Club X with Astra Taylor


"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 Laura Mulvey, Adam Christensen, Juliet Jacques, Athina Tsangari, Chloe Aridjis, Sean Price Williams, Xiaolu Guo, Mania Akbari and many more.


We're thrilled to welcome Astra Taylor as our special guest for the tenth 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.

Astra Taylor is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and activist. Her films include Zizek!, Examined Life, and What Is Democracy? Her books include The People’s Platform and Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone and, as co-editor, Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America. She is a Fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation, for her work against predatory debt.

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. 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.