Black Atlantic Cinema Club
Fri 29 July
After launching at Autograph ABP, the Black Atlantic Cinema Club is touring to Watershed in Bristol with screenings of still/here, Ganja & Hess and Dutchman.
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A summer programme of one-off film screenings, the Black Atlantic Cinema Club (BACC) shares rarely seen contemporary films and archive classics. This season of works invite audiences to explore rich and different possibilities through which to view the African Diaspora experience of transatlantic culture. Read more about the BACC >
Fri 29 July, 11am
Christopher Harris’s love of cinema shines through this stylish, thought-provoking and melancholic film where, using grainy 16mm, he picks over fragments from the remnants of urban decay in his hometown of St Louis.
The film explores the empty streets of the north side - an area populated almost exclusively by working class African Americans. Fixing on details of crumbling facades and collapsed buildings, we rarely see a human being - but their presence haunts the sporadic soundtrack, full of unanswered phones, eerie footsteps, closing doors, chat show phone-ins and dripping taps. People may have left but the abandoned assets of a neighbourhood remain, evoking a haunting sense of life and community. We are left to imagine the life that once animated these once elegant homes and empty movie theatres. The abandoned buildings and discarded items of civic pride convey a palpable sense of lost dreams. Read more and book tickets >
Friday 29 July, 9pm
Ganja & Hess
Made in 1973, at a time when Blaxploitation was in vogue, the writer, novelist, actor and director Bill Gunn produced a Trojan horse of a movie to get into Cannes. Using the codes of the vampire genre, Gunn’s highly stylised film smuggles in politically charged cultural themes of black identity, sexuality, religion and addiction under the guise of a horror movie. Read more & book tickets >
Friday 29 July, 5:50pm
Racial and sexual tensions ratchet up between a black man and a white woman as they ride on the New York subway in this 60s classic. Based on LeRoi Jones's award-winning 1964 play, this rarely seen two-hander still has the power to shock. Read more and book tickets >