London Short Film Festival This Week

Tomorrow marks the opening night of this year’s London Short Film Festival and once again The Quietus will be partnering up with them for ten days of the best in short film. Gratifyingly there’s a strong emphasis on music in this year’s line-up with contributions from Stealing Sheep, Nathaniel Hornblower (AKA the late Adam Yauch from The Beastie Boys), David Thomas Broughton, video director and Derek Jarman collaborator Richard Heslop and Quietus fave Lone Taxidermist amongst many others. Some of the highlights include:

Gabba Gabba Analogue! Opening night party at the ICA. Live sets from the best opto-musical electronic abstract animation found sound found imagery tape manipulator and improvisation duo, Sculpture, plus the brain-disturbing sex trash art attack of Heidi Hörsturz. Plus music videos, and Bizarre Rituals DJs.

Stealing Sheep (Moshi Moshi) live score two classic cat films (by Maya Deren and Stan Brakhage) at our special ‘CATS&CATS&CATS’ event – which aims to reclaim the cat video. The event will take place at the beautiful Round Chapel in Lower Clapton, and will also see the world premier of three new artist films about cats by Vivienne Dick, Nick Abrahams and Jennifer Reeder.

A retrospective of video work by Nathaniel Hörnblowér, the alter-ego of the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, in association with Winterthur Short Film Festival. Following the screening, London re-formed 3-piece Mower will play a live set throwing in some Beastie Boys cover versions for good measure.

The Berlin programme visits the early 80s cultural hotspot of West Berlin, with the London premiere of B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979 – 1989, plus a screening of the cult eighties Berlin movie Christiane F with a soundtrack by David Bowie. Live music from electronica chanteuse Lone Taxidermist will compliment the atmosphere, plus a German music only DJ set from Vinyl Therapy.

The London premiere of The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton by Greg Butler, about the creative process of one of the UK’s most enigmatic and unpredictable musicians and performers who marries traditional folk with a surrealist edge.

We welcome the return of ‘Little Stabs at Happiness’, the legendary music and film club presented by Mark Webber (ex-Pulp) at the ICA from 1997 to 2000.

Derek Jarman collaborator Richard Heslop went on to direct some great music videos in the nineties, and we’ll be looking at his career in film. He’ll be joining us for a Q&A alongside this work and his short films.

For further details on this years line-up, and access to ticketing information see the LSFF website here

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