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New Releases

The British Guide to Showing Off (Dir: Jes Benstock, UK, 2011, cert tbc, 98mins), 11-24 November Cinema 1. David Hockney judged the first one, David Bowie couldn’t get into the second, Derek Jarman won the third. British artist Andrew Logan takes us inside his anarchic costume pageant The Alternative Miss World Show.

L’Amour Fou (Dir: Pierre Thoretton, 2010, France, no cert, 100 mins) 4-17 November, Cinema 2. A passionate account of fashion giant Yves Saint-Laurent’s career and touchingly intimate life-long relationship with lover and business manager Pierre Bergé. The film uses Bergé’s organisation of the auction of Saint-Laurent’s art collection as a window into the designer’s closely guarded personal life

Sound It Out (Dir: Jeanie Finlay, 2011, UK, 75mins), 25 November – 1 December, Cinema 1. A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives. Sound It Out is an affectionate portrait of the last independent record shop in Teesside and a witty exploration of a thriving community facing the homogenous march of chain-store Britain.

We Were Here (Dir: David Weissman, Bill Weber, 2011, US, 90 mins), 25 November – 1 December, Cinema 1. Beginning in San Francisco’s gay Castro Street district, circa 1980, We Were Here is a moving account of the fear, paranoia and prejudice that accompanied the AIDS epidemic as it ripped through the US West Coast gay community before making its way across the globe.

Beyond Time: William Turnbull (Dir: Alex Turnbull and Pete Stern, UK, 2011, No cert, 65mins), 25 November – 1 December, Cinema 2, Narrated by Jude Law, this documentary on the life, work and times of iconic British artist William Turnbull, co-directed by his son Alex, features a Who’s Who roster of artists, curators and critics providing an illuminating study of the evolution of contemporary art filtered through the prism of one of its most important practitioners, including Antony Gormley, Richard Hamilton, Matthew Collings, Nicholas Serota, Tess Jaray and more

Continuing from October

Yellow Sea (Dir. Hong-jin Na, South Korea, 2010, Korean with English subtitles, 18 cert, 140mins), 21 October – 3 November, Cinema 1. An electrifying crime thriller from the director of The Chaser. Gu-nam, a debt-ridden taxi driver, follows his missing wife on the illegal immigrant trail from China to South Korea as he prepares to murder a Seoul businessman.


London Korean Film Festival, 4-10 November. The Korean submission to the 84th Academy Awards, The Front Line; the award winning Journals of Musan and Dance Town; the animated feature, Leafie A Hen Into The Wild and short films, comedies, dramas and European premieres are included in the 6th London Korean Film Festival, which features the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films to come out this year in Korea.

Zipangu Fest, 18-24 November, 1930s J-horror with The Ghost Cat and the Mysterious Shamisen, the immersive visual odysseys of Takashi Makino and a mystical exploration of music in Buddhism with KanZeOn are among the highlights of the cutting edge Japanese cinema festival, Zipangu Fest. Now in its second year, the festival screens exclusively at the ICA with many of the features, documentaries, shorts, animations and experimental films – new and old – shown in the UK for the first time.

Special Events

BAFTA Masterclass: Editing with Mat Newman, Wednesday 2 November, 6.15pm. £12 Full Price, £10 Concessions, £8 ICA Members. BAFTA and ICA present monthly film masterclasses led by industry experts from film, TV and video game making talk about their work and the secrets behind their craft. Mat Newman started his film career working in the camera department of Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. After hanging around Scorsese’s editing rooms and watching Thelma Schoonmaker work, he decided to move into film editing and has since made Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and Drive with director Nicolas Winding Refn. Their next film together, Only God Forgives, shoots with Ryan Gosling in Bangkok.

Artists Film

Artists’ Film Club: Jennifer West. 9 November, 6.30pm. £5 / Free to ICA Members. Artists’ Film Club is an ongoing series of events in which artists show and discuss their film work in one of the ICA’s cinemas. Jennifer West is an American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She is known for her digitized films that are made by hand manipulating film celluloid to the level of performance. The film emulsion might be doused with perfume, Jack Daniels or pepper spray, skateboarded on or dragged through tar pits. She has produced over 50 films since she started working this way in 2004.


Touch of Evil (Dir. Orson Welles, USA, 1958, U cert, 111mins) / The Magnificent Ambersons (Dir. Orson Welles, USA, 1942, U cert, 88mins) / Citizen Kane (Dir. Orson Welles, USA, 1941, U cert, 119mins) 28 October – 3 November. With the beautifully restored, High Definition Touch of Evil playing exclusively at the ICA, it seems timely to revisit his masterpieces Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. All three films suffered at the hands of their respective studios: Citizen Kane was almost never released, and both Touch of Evil (shown here in its 1998 restored form) and The Magnificent Ambersons were severely recut against Welles’ wishes. But watching all three together, it is never less than startling how ambitious and innovative these films are, despite the interference.

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