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The Machine That Kills Bad People: Girlfriends + Photo Session
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Girlfriends, dir. Claudia Weill, United States 1978, 88 min.,16mm transferred to digital file, colour, sound

Susan is an emerging photographer in Claudia Weill’s overlooked classic Girlfriends (1978). When Susan’s best friend and roommate Anne announces her departure from their shared New York apartment, Susan is faced with the challenges of freedom and independence in the big city. Shot on 16mm, Girlfriends continues to garner wide critical acclaim.

Friedl vom Gröller’s 16mm black and white short Photo Session (2010), situates itself out of time, provoking memory and nostalgia. Vom Gröller explores the documentary form in intimate relation to the individual, depicting a woman and man as they pose and photograph themselves using an analogue camera.
The Machine That Kills Bad People is, of course, the cinema – a medium that is so often and so visibly in service of a crushing status quo but which, in the right hands, is a fatal instrument of beauty, contestation, wonder, politics, poetry, new visions, testimonies, histories, dreams. It is also a film club devoted to showing work – ‘mainstream’ and experimental, known and unknown, historical and contemporary – that takes up this task. The group borrowed their name from the Roberto Rossellini film of the same title, and find inspiration in the eclectic juxtapositions of Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking New York film society Cinema 16.

The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema and is programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers.

Photo Session, Dir. Friedl vom Gröller, 2010, 16mm, black and white, sound, 3 min. 

Girlfriends, Dir. Claudia Weill, 1978, 16mm transferred to digital file, colour, sound, 88 min.
06:45 pm
Wed, 29 Jan 2020
Cinema 1
£7 Full, £5 Green/Concession, £3 Blue Members

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Essay by Courtney Duckworth