27 February 2013

The Art of Pop Video exhibition opens on 14 March but the film programme kicks off on 6 March with a double bill of Pink Narcissus and Pink Flamingos

Pink Narcissus is a unique and rarely shown cult classic. The film imagines a psychedelic journey of a young hustler from 'innocence to depravity'. Directed by James Bidgood the film was painstakingly created over six years, with every scene shot in his small New York apartment, even including all 'outdoor' shots. (programmed in collaboration with Glam! The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool)

Pink Flamingos is an undisputed classic, and was seen as one of the most controversial films ever on release in 1974. Divine, Waters' muse, must face up against Connie and Raymond Marble, a 'sleazy married couple' who are attempting to steal her title as 'The filthiest person alive'. The film made a star of its Drag Queen lead actor, who went on to star in 10 more of John Waters' films. (programmed in collaboration with Glam! The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool)

The Found Footage Festival began in 2004 with childhood friends Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher who had been collecting videos from garage sales, training videos from odd jobs, warehouses, estate sales, and dumpsters since high school. They started hosting parties, and showing their favourite clips and quickly built up a dedicated and loyal following so they took The Found Footage Festival on the road. They now tour the world showing their hilarious, weird, wonderful and bizarre collection of VHS videos! 

Flaming Creatures is nothing short of notorious. At its premiere in 1963, police immediately seized the film and an obscenity case was launched against its director, Jack Smith. The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court and excerpts of the film were even shown in the American Senate. Through all of this, Jack Smith maintained that the film was meant to be a comedy. Flaming Creatures is a unique and unparalleled piece of controversial cinema.  (programmed in collaboration with Glam! The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool)

All Tomorrow's Parties began in 1999 at the Camber Sands Holiday Park in Sussex. It has gone on to become a cult series of festivals and events that have taken place around the world and have featured everyone from Iggy Pop to Nick Cave to Sigur Ros. The film is described as a 'kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of a cult music festival' and includes film, super-8 footage, photos, crowd-sourced video from bands, fans and directors including The Take Away Show's Vincent Moon. It features, amongst others, Belle and Sebastian, Grizzly Bear, Sonic Youth, Battles, Portishead, Daniel Johnston, Grinderman, David Cross, Animal Collective, The Boredoms, Les Savy Fav, Mogwai. 

Awesome: I… Shot That is a groundbreaking live concert film, created by 50 different members of the sold out audience at New York's Madison Square Garden. Director Nathaniel Hornblower (a.k.a Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch), gave out 50 camera's to members of the crowd (including music video director Spike Jonze) and gave them one instruction 'Just keep filming'. The resulting film take's the viewer deep inside the world of a live Beastie Boys show, capturing the experience of seeing live music like no other film has ever done before.

The final film in The Art of Pop Video programme is the one and only, This is Spinal Tap. which follows the fictional band on an ill fated comeback tour of America. Featuring an Eighteen-inch high Stonehenge stage prop, amp's that go up to 11, and exploding drummers, This is Spinal Tap 'is one of the funniest, most intelligent, most original films' ever.

Tickets for The Art of Pop Video film programme are available online, by phone on 08719025737 or from the Box Office.