9 May 2012

During the late 70s in run down Manhattan, a group of renegade filmmakers were on the rampage armed with Super 8 and 16mm cameras. The footage collected pioneered almost an anti-cinematic movement now labelled "No Wave Cinema" and the "Cinema of Transgression". The action takes place on the Lower East Side and Alphabet city where unemployed artists, musicians and filmmakers had clustered together in the area of near desolation. A description from the Guardian's Andrew Pulver seems to get the description of "No Wave" cinema spot on - "a chronically self-involved group of people looking back at their terminally hip former selves". The movement was never created to last and came to an end almost a decade later. 

Blank City is directed by Céline Danhier and tells the story of the movement in a traditionally documentary style, a sharp contrast to it's wild subject matter. The featured filmmakers wanted to "get the hell out of the art world and find a kind of cinema that was closest to reality". Blank City features interviews with now well known actors such as Steve Buscemi who describes how people used to shout up to his window to get him to film a scene. It also contains rare archive footage of music performances by Debbie Harry and The Ramones.

Catch Blank City this Thursday at 9pm. Buy your tickets online, in person at the Box Office or by calling 0871 902 5737.