Film Feels Curious: The Curious World of John Smith Vol. 1

BBFC RatingFilm Feels Curious: The Curious World of John Smith Vol. 1

Showing: 20 July 2022

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Wed 20 Jul 2022

CertificateNot Rated
Year1975-91
GenreShorts
DirectorJohn Smith
LanguageEnglish
CountryUnited Kingdom
Running Time1HR 25MINS
SeasonFilm Feels Curious

This is one of two programmes of the work of the hugely influential filmmaker John Smith. This programme gathers together his earliest films including The Girl Chewing Gum and The Black Tower

Since 1972, John Smith has made over sixty film, video and installation works, comprising one of the most consistently rich, inventive and thought-provoking bodies of work in British filmmaking. 

Films in this programme: 

Associations (1975, 7 mins) 

The Girl Chewing Gum (1976, 12 mins) 

The Black Tower (1985-87, 24 mins) 

Om (1986, 4 mins) 

Slow Glass (1988-91, 40 mins) 

Inspired by the Structural Materialist ideas that dominated British artists' filmmaking during his formative years, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, Smith has developed a body of work that deftly subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction. Drawing upon the raw material of everyday life, his meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema.

This screening is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk.

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