HOUSE OF FILM
House of film is an experiment in site-specific film screenings which draw attention to the ways audiences relate to film. It explores how environments in which film screenings take place effect our interpretations. Audiences are invited into an open and welcoming setting where they are encouraged to question and discuss what they see. The idea came out of the L15 Projector and Cinema Co-operative. We were invited to exhibit in Scalarama Festival 2015 and House of Film was originally conceived of as a multi-room, multi-screening event. We wanted to provide communal access to inspiring film inside of a domestic setting, with what was on screen being relative audiences in terms of local setting and history. The venue was reflective of this history, taking place inside of a residential property, which previously functioned as an industrial bakery. House of Film was continued after two members began to shape ideas for a second event- Liverpool in the Cinema.
Psychogeography is an idea coined by ‘The Situationists’, a group of revolutionary artists and intellectuals headed by Guy Debord in the 1950s. ‘Psychogeography can be loosely described as the study of how geography, or a particular place on Earth, affects the behaviour and emotional climate of the humans who live there’ – psychogeography.co.uk
My interest lies in how we relate to places psychologically- in how the way a space is reproduced can impact our thoughts and moods inside of an urban setting. Having moved to Liverpool five years ago I’ve developed an emotional attachment with this city, which has grown as I’ve explored it further both physically and through its history. Film has played a key role in that exploration. For me the idea of psychogeography is empowering because it gives us ownership over our urban spaces; a personal relationship to a place which can feel less than personal at times. That’s why the Small Cinema is such a perfect venue for the event, it’s a space which has been reclaimed and given a new purpose, for new memories, new associations. Before it was law courts, closed to the public. Now it’s a cinema, open and for everyone to experience, and form new ideas.
LIVERPOOL IN THE CINEMA
‘Liverpool in the Cinema’ will use archive footage to look back at Liverpool’s changing cityscape, as well as tell stories from Liverpool throughout the 20th century. Archive footage is a great way of preserving old stories, of re-visiting memories for some, and for others a different way of learning about your city’s social history. Knowing our history impacts heavily on our present. To know where a city has come from is to gain an understanding of how it exists today. In this way film can function psychogeographically and I hope that the programme will open up questions and discussion about the ways in which we can use city spaces in the future.
Saturday 23rd July, 3pm– Two selections of archive footage from various sources across Liverpool and the North-West. ‘Recreation’ and ‘Resistance’ are two collections of various short documentaries looking at the ways Liverpool played and protested in public spaces throughout the 20th century. ‘Recreation’ includes clips of festivals, events, parks and community arts. ‘Resistance’ showcases footage and documentaries of marches, demo’s and campaigns.
There will also be a discussion from local film exhibitors from Liverpool Small Cinema and the Liverpool Radical Film Festival.
Sunday 24th July, 6pm– An evening screening of Terence Davies’ ‘Of Time and the City’. Arguably Liverpool’s most prolific film-maker, this film is Davies’ ode to Liverpool as the city which inspired him to direct for so many years and looks back at Liverpool’s transformation into the city we see it as in all its glory today.
Tickets for both events are available HERE!!