Film Takes on the City

A collaborative film event between the Royal College of Art and the Hackney Picturehouse Cinema. Curated by Galit Mana.

at Hackney Picturehouse

This film event is inspired by Thom Andersen’s film LA Plays Itself (2003) which focused on how the urban environment of Los Angeles was shaped by the dominant presence of film and cinema and how the city and its inhabitants was misrepresented through the prism of popular film culture.

These concerns about the distinctions between ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ cities in the context of film encouraged me to explore the connections between film, urban architecture and the urban environment. The suggested film programme aims to show how films fictionalise reality (e.g. blurring the distinctions between archival images and fictional material), feature cities in a futuristic way, and use the city as a space for speculation, be it predicting cities of tomorrow or commenting on the interactions between ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ cities.

Film Takes on the City is a collaboration between the Hackney Picturehouse Cinema and the Royal College of Art. The film programme explores the power of film to imagine and reshape urban architecture and urban environments. Using the city as an experimental space, the films shown employ framing and editing strategies, voices, sound, movement and light to create a new reality or perspective on the city. The films lead us to question what is ‘real’ and what is ‘imagined’ and blur distinctions between past, present and future.

The film screening comprises Blight by John Smith (1994-96), Memo Mori (2009) and The Futurist both by Emily Richardson (2010) and Patrick Keiller’s Stonebridge Park (1981). Followed by a Q&A with Emily Richardson.

Tickets: £6/£5 concessions

Hackney Picturehouse Cinema, RCA Events

Opening Times
Thursday 28 June, 6.30pm

Hackney Picturehouse
270 Mare Street
E8 1HE