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Artist's Choice Film Season



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We invited exhibiting artist R.I.P. Germain to guest curate a season of films that have influenced his creative practice. Discover three features, including Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster epic Scarface; John Carpenter’s chilling 1982 classic The Thing; as well as acclaimed music video director Hype Williams’ 1998 crime drama Belly.

R.I.P. Germain's immersive exhibition "After GOD, Dudus Comes Next!” (2024) is on display at FACT from Friday 5 July to Sunday 13 October 20204.

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Scarface (1983)

Tue 24 Sep, 19:00 / £6-10

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To kick off the season, R.I.P. Germain selects one of the most influential gangster epics of all time, Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic Scarface. The film tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony Montana, who arrives penniless in Miami during the Mariel boatlift and becomes a powerful drug lord. Lead actor Al Pacino gives an unforgettable performance as one of the most ruthless gangsters ever depicted on screen, alongside the dazzling Michelle Pfeiffer in what is widely regarded as her breakthrough role.

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The Thing (1982)

Tue 1 Oct, 19:00 / £6-10

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R.I.P. Germain's next selection is the 1982 cult sci-fi horror film, The Thing. Directed by John Carpenter from a screenplay by Bill Lancaster, the film combines Kurt Russell’s outstanding performance with incredible visuals to create a chilling adaptation. Based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There?, the film tells the story of a group of researchers in Antarctica who encounter the eponymous "Thing," an extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates and then imitates other organisms. The group is overcome by paranoia and conflict as they learn that they can no longer trust each other, knowing that any one of them could be the Thing.

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Belly (1998)

Tue 8 Oct, 19:00 / £6-10

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For his final film, R.I.P. Germain has chosen acclaimed music video director Hype Williams’ only feature film to date, 1998’s influential crime drama Belly. The film stars New York hip-hop legends NAS and DMX in their debut roles, alongside T-Boz of TLC and Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man. The story revolves around crime lords Tommy (DMX) and Sincere (NAS), who lead a group of criminals encountering difficulties while expanding their drug-dealing business. Throughout the film, the pair begin to realise that their lives are headed towards a dead end and start to consider taking different paths.

“You will find versions of my practice in these three films. In one way or another they always manage to find a way of being a point of reference in the art that I make. That’s the type of influence they’ve had on me, and many others like myself, and that’s also the point.”

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