Now! That’s What I Call 80’s Short Film
Institute of Contemporary Arts

London Story, Sally Potter, 1986, UK, 15 min

The Eighties! British artists were young, emboldened and equipped with just a camcorder. Helming a loose festival-wide retrospective of the decade and the tenacity that came to define its makers, we present the formative calling cards of the decade’s graduating class, now established prolific British directors among the industry’s greats. 

From the early experiments of Clio Barnard and Andrew Kötting, to the playful parody of Sally Potter, to the thoroughly low budget period drama of Harry Potter’s David Yates, these films are rebellious, rough around the edges and speak to the Eighties’ nurturing of burgeoning creative talent.


David Yates, When I Was a Girl, 1988, UK, 22 min

Andrew Kötting, Klipperty Klop, 1984, UK, 12 min

Carol Salter, Pleasure Gardens, 1981, UK, 1 min

Clio Barnard, The Limits of Vision 1: Still Life, 1988, UK, 4 min

Sally Potter, London Story, 1986, UK, 15 min

Ngozi Onwurah, Coffee Coloured Children, 1988, UK, 16 min

Julian Temple, Biceps of Steel, 1980, UK, 13 min
06:30 pm
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Cinema 1

£14.00 + £1.00 per ticket

We will welcome many of the directors for a post-screening Q&A.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated. Groups are advised to arrive early as seating is unallocated.

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