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A still from the film, A matter of life and death



£25 (which includes gallery entry, the afternoon workshop and a film screening at the Electric Palace)

In partnership with The Electric Palace Cinema.
Led by Rebecca Marshall, artist, filmmaker and lecturer at London Film School.

This interactive workshop will be an introduction to colour and framing in filmmaking, inspired by the work of classic filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Participants will explore the visual language of the classic film ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ before experimenting with ‘re-seeing’ the colours of their own daily life.

The film’s world is made of scarlet lipstick, golden light, blushing rhododendrons, pink roses and blue skies, while its Heaven is sparse and monochrome. Scenes flow seamlessly between darkness and light, dreamlike images gleam like jewels. In the workshop discussion, the participants will explore the experiences of Peter, the protagonist; his near-death experience and the heavenly intervention given by the film. They will look at his changed perception of the colours of his environments and will respond as filmmakers to make their own images on their mobile phones.

Participants will capture their own film clips of colourful daily life on their mobile phones, generating footage that will then form a live ten-minute VJ montage that will be screened at The Electric Palace Cinema on Sunday 19 November. Our creation will contrast with the monochrome ‘I Know Where I’m Going’ also by Powell and Pressburger.  The ten-minute screening will offer the cinema audience a momentary portal into the daily lives of the workshop participants, gloriously saturated by a Powell and Pressburger treatment of colour and framing. Tickets to the live event and film screening are included in the price of the workshop.

Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger is a major UK-wide celebration of one the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships: Michael Powell (1905-1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902-1988). Bold, subversive and iconoclastic, challenging and changing the visual language of film, their passionate collaborative artistic vision, spanning 24 films together between 1939 and 1972, is a vital part of the fabric of British cinema history.

Hastings Contemporary and The Electric Palace Cinema are proud to be part of this UK wide celebration, programming a mix of screenings, events and workshops this autumn, bringing their work and their influence on modern filmmakers to new audiences.

Ticket includes gallery admission, afternoon workshop and free entry to the Live VJ event and Electric Palace film screening on Sunday 19 November.

With support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.


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