The Nine Muses is a personal and experimental portrait of immigration into the UK from 1949. In a modern retelling of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, the film traces the history of African-Caribbean immigrants who came to the UK to look for work but found post-war Britain struggling, rife with bigotry and racism, and permanently cold and wintry.
The film combines recorded testimony, archive footage, and quotes from the period, with mysterious footage of faceless and nameless people in brightly coloured coats wandering through bleak and empty Alaskan landscapes.
John Akomfrah, best known for his work with the Black Audio Film Collective (who's first ever retrospective exhibition was at FACT in 2007) and the award winning Handsworth Songs, is widely recognised as one of Britain's most interesting and forward thinking film makers. His critically acclaimed film The Unfinished Conversation is currently being shown at the Bluecoat as part of the Liverpool Biennial exhibition.
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni looks at the richest period in Egyptian cinema history through archive footage of one of the countries most famous actors Soad Hosni, up until her untimely death in 2001. Between the ages of 19 and 49, she starred in 83 films with thirty-seven different directors and earned the title of 'The Cinderella of Arab cinema' for her rags to riches life story.
Pieced together exclusively from VHS extracts from her films, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni tells the story of her life and work and the tragedies that lead to her suicide in London in 2001.
Our galleries will remain open until 9pm this evening.