Film editor Lisa Gunning (Seven Psychopaths, Nowhere Boy) has made her directing debut with a collection of films inspired by songs from Tales Of Us, the stunning new album from Goldfrapp. Tales Of Us is a 30 minute journey through the individual stories of Stranger, Laurel, Jo, Drew and Annabel, which interconnect subtly, sharing themes of love, loss, madness and identity to take us on a unique musical and cinematic journey.
Speaking to Jemma Desai (I Am Dora) after a screening of the films, Lisa explained how the relationship with Alison Goldfrapp came about, how Lynch and Bergman influenced them both, and how a Los Angeles strip club provided the unlikely source of one of the films' actors. She also spoke about learning from the late Anthony Minghella and how a 'fierce logic' underpins the films' dreaminess.
Recorded at the ICA on 18 January 2014.
Ghost Box is a record label founded in 2004 that unites a small roster of creative talent with a common visual and sonic aesthetic. Inspired by an imagined and misremembered past, this musical and visual world is distinctly British in its sensibilities, condensing a cultural timeline from the early sixties through to the early eighties into one simultaneous and eerily familiar moment.
In January 2014 LSFF welcomed video maker Julian House to the ICA to talk all about the pre-digital era of fading film stock and unstable tape, the influence of Reithian BBC programming, and the peculiar allure of post-psychedelic, 'weird science' TV and radio. Chairing the talk was Bob Stanley from St Etienne and author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop.
Recorded at the ICA on 18 January 2014.
As part of LSFF 2014, Beyond Clueless director Charlie Lyne spoke about films made entirely from other films, featuring a host of guest filmmakers and some bizarre audio-visual improvisation. We've removed most of the clips for legal reasons, but here are some of the showcased shorts available to watch elsewhere online:
Kittens For Hitler by Ken Russell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu-KncLqDjs
lXHXN by Garry Sykes: https://vimeo.com/61799018
Hey There by Home Tape: https://vimeo.com/46175791
Recorded at the ICA on 17 January 2014.
London-based German documentary filmmaker Eva Weber was the subject of this retrospective as part of LSFF 2014. After a screening of four acclaimed shorts, she spoke with Jenny Horwell about recording real-life conversations for Intimacy of Strangers, interviewing dozens of crane operators for The Solitary Life Of Cranes, and why sound is central to her filmmaking technique. She also shed some light on her forthcoming fiction feature project set in Lapland, and the experience of developing it through Sundance Institute.
Presented by Lighthouse in association with the BFI on 15 January 2014.
Journalist Danny Leigh spoke to novelist and filmmaker Chris Petit (Radio On, London Orbital), journalist and filmmaker Charlie Lyne (Ultra Culture, The Guardian), screenwriter, documentary producer and playwright Hannah Patterson, and Jonathan Romney, journalist and writer/director of BFI Short L’Assenza.
Presented by Lighthouse in association with the BFI on 14 January 2014.
Two days after being nominated for a BAFTA for Sea View, writer and director Jane Linfoot joined LSFF for a special retrospective at the ICA. Speaking to host Fiona Fletcher, Jane spoke about her journey as a filmmaker via a lengthy production career, Thai hill tribes, and 3 self-funded shorts. She elaborated about her interest in mining the psyche of teenagers, her instinctive approach to writing, and the pragmatics of funding her lyrical and visually-driven films.
Presented in partnership with Lighthouse and Underwire on 12 January 2014.
LSFF welcomed Irish filmmaker and No Wave icon Vivienne Dick to the ICA for a screening of her 1978 film She Had Her Gun All Ready, alongside the premiere of 2013's The Irreducible Difference of the Other. Afterwards she spoke to Selina (Club de Femmes) and Theresa (Open City Docs) about the idea of the 'other', the influence of Antonin Artaud in her new film, and the political undercurrents throughout her work.
Presented in partnership with Club des Femmes and Open City Docs on 11 January 2014.