Shows, events and special screenings


#We all scream for… experimental kids’ films? Review

Gareth Moore invited five artists to contribute to his Children’s Films series – but as Ian Francis discovered at a screening in Birmingham, there is artistic jouissance and there is ice cream

#Infernal combustion: magic, machines, montage and The Robinson Institute Installation

Patrick Keiller’s reworking of his ‘Robinson’ trilogy as an installation at Tate Britain is a study of British industry’s own uncanny vanishing act. Henry K Miller sees the artist update his beloved Humphrey Jennings – again

#The Magpie Index: Roy Harper sings for the birds Artists’ video

Richard Grayson’s evocative video portrait places the songwriter in a complex lineage of British dissent, says Frances Morgan


#Dara Birnbaum: the caged artist Exhibition

Laura Allsop on the video appropriator’s new and old visions of suffering for – and in – one’s art

#New directors, new voices in the London Film Festival First-look reviews

Our critics cast a glance at the films shortlisted for the LFF’s Sutherland Trophy, given to the maker of the most “original and imaginative” first feature

#Diving spirits: Chick Strand
Artists’ movies

Vera Brunner-Sung on the mind-bending ethnographic forays of the late experimental master

#Pipilotti Rist: sublime pants

Laura Allsop is tickled by a fanciful exhibition of screened bodies and embodied screens

#Horror film sound: Songs in the key of fear Festival and symposium review

Mark Pilkington tunes into terror at London FrightFest and at Sound and Music’s ‘Sound of Fear’ showcase

#Vision quest: Robert Breer
Experimental animation

Robert Breer’s lifelong experiments with film intrigue Ian Francis

Trashy magic: Alan Moore vs Edwin Pouncey vs Harry Smith Live cinema

Frances Morgan hears a meeting of spacey mindscapes

Haunting houses: the Brothers Quay meet Alina Ibragimova Live cinema

Jonathan Romney sees the inscrutable filmmaking duo and violinist Ibragimova hold a candle to Wilton’s Music Hall

Unreconstructed: Phil Collins’ Marxism Today Artists’ movies

Daniel Trilling weighs the lessons of the past in a two-film portrait of the old East Germany’s Communist bygones

Aaron Sorkin: billionaires are easy
On stage

Joe Fraser reports from an on-stage interview with the “rock star among writers”

London’s burning: The War Game and Black Umbrella Archive event

At an East London working-men’s club, Peter Watkin’s 1966 vision of a nuclear attack screened alongside Louis Bernassi’s new montage of burning buildings. Frances Morgan on an evening of fire, fury and salvaged prints

Nam June Paik: electric dreamer
Artists’ movies

Laura Allsop on a major two-site retrospective of the work of the first master of video art


Out of the ether: In Free Fall
Artists’ movies

Hito Steyerl’s new video essay traces the uncanny half-life of global capitalism through the journey of an aeroplane chewed over by the movie industry. Daniel Trilling is mesmerised

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010 highlights Documentaries

New films from Patricio Guzmán, Penny Woolcock and John Gianvito – plus Jeff Malmberg’s festival favourite and Morgan Matthews’ latest Audience Award winner

Live-action shorts at the London Film Festival Short films

Dylan Cave rounds up the best live short films across five programmes at this year’s LFF

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2010 highlights Documentaries

Adina Bradeanu reviews Arab Attraction, The Green Wave, Holy Wars and Utopia in Four Movements

FrightFest Hallowe’en all-nighter Endurance feat

Anton Bitel makes it through the witching hour with a series of films themed around the return (and revenge) of the past

Polytechnic: early British video art Artists’ movies

A new exhibition mounts a retrospective of Britain’s ‘vital, acerbic and unsettling’ – but never canonised – early video art. Colin Perry takes a trip back the intimist 1980s

Timecode live: quartet for four cameras Live cinema

Daniel Trilling sees Mike Figgis perform a live show-and-tell remix of his digital 2000 split-screen experiment Timecode

The Miners’ Hymns Artists’ movies

Durham Cathedral was the perfect setting for Bill Morrison and Jóhann Jóhannsson’s tribute to the north-east’s colliery glory days, says Nick Bradshaw


London Film Festival reviews: World Premieres, part threeLondon Film Festival 2009 reviews, part three

Reviews: Nowhere Boy, Shed Your Tears and Walk Away and Starsuckers

London Film Festival reviews: World Premieres, part twoLondon Film Festival 2009 reviews, part two

Reviews: American – The Bill Hicks Story, Don’t Worry About Me, Have You Heard from Johannesburg: The Bottom Line and An Organisation of Dreams

London Film Festival reviews: World Premieres, part oneLondon Film Festival 2009 reviews, part one

Reviews: 44 Inch Chest, Oil City Confidential and Ride the Wave Johnny

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Last Updated: 30 May 2012