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LUX FILM PROGRAMME

All screenings will take place in THE BOX, at FACT

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME WHY DON’T YOU

Three artists film screenings around the idea of bad guests programmed by LUX (www.lux.org.uk).

The films range from a fictional story about a half-constructed house occupied by squatters (who may also be ghosts), to a video diary by a Czech filmmaker living with his parents, and a damning documentary portrait of tourists in Papua New Guinea. What they all have in common are people who, deliberately or otherwise, are stretching hospitality to its limits.

Fulll Firearms by Emily Wardill, UK 2012, 82' 12AM £5/4 Members & concessions, click HERE to book your ticket Emily Wardill's latest feature-length film, Fulll Firearms narrates the story of Imelda, a woman in her forties who inherits a fortune from her father, an arms manufacturer. The film tells of how Imelda sets out to build a house to host the ghosts of the people killed by the products of her father's business. As she builds the house, a number of people begin to move in and squat the house, whom Imelda believes to be the ghosts. Based on the life of Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House the film articulates, in the tradition of the melodrama, issues of displacement, storytelling, and the difficulties of communication.

Bad Guests, Stalkers & Interlopers

3PM £5/4 Members & concessions

We, The Normal by George Kuchar USA, 1988, 11' On a back-to-nature trip to see friends in Boulder, Colorado, George goes to the mountains, but goes on the rocks emotionally.

Joe Di Maggio 1, 2, 3 by Anne McGuire USA, 1991, 11' The artist stalks and serenades Joe Dimaggio in her car as he strolls the docks, unaware that McGuire is secretly videotaping his every step.

Such a Nice Boy I Gave Birth To by Marcin KoszaÅ‚ka Czech Republic, 1999, 25 min Taking the example of his own family, Marcin KoszaÅ‚ka depicts the hell of everyday family existence. KoszaÅ‚ka’s mother, who loves her adult son dearly, torments him with a constant flow of grudges and complaints on account of his being a moron, nonentity and professional student, who finally managed to pass the entrance exam to the faculty of cinematography, and who, due to the lack of imagination, walks about the house with the camera and shoots anything he comes across. Right after its release, the film caused a lot of stir, today the film is considered a classic among Polish documentaries.

Rotterdam–Rostock by Erik van Lieshout Netherlands/Germany, 2006, 17' Van Lieshout cycles from his native Rotterdam to Rostock in eastern Germany, documenting his often uncomfortable encounters along the way. (Rotterdam–Rostock is normally exhibited as an installation, screened in a specially built structure which creates an even more uncomfortable intimacy between the audience and van Lieshout.)

Terracotta Warrior by Pablo Wendel China, 2007, 9 mins During a tour of the Terracotta Army in North West China, it becomes apparent that there is one more terracotta warrior than normal...

Bad Tourists

6PM £5/4 Members & concessions

The Mendi by Steve Reinke USA, 2006, 9 mins Over found footage from The Mendi – an ethnographic documentary made in Papua New Guinea for the CBC's Man Alive television show in the 1970s – the narrator gives a spurious account of his summer supposedly spent as a teenage assistant to the filmmakers.

Cannibal Tours by Dennis O'Rourke Papua New Guinea, 1988, 80' O'Rourke's documentary follows a number of European and American ecotourists as they travel from village to village throughout the Sepik River area in Papua New Guinea, driving hard bargains for local handcrafted items, paying to view formerly sacred ceremonies and taking photographs of every aspect of "primitive" life. With some prodding, the tourists unwittingly reveal an unattractive and pervasive ethnocentrism to O'Rourke's cameras. The tourists thus become somewhat dehumanized by the camera, even as the tourists themselves are busy exoticizing even the most mundane aspects of Sepik River life.

Date

27 October 2012

Location

88 Wood Street Address
Liverpool
L1 4DQ

www.fact.co.uk

£5/4 Members & concessions