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Give Me Pity! + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A blonde white woman in a sparkly top dances on a pink stage
Give Me Pity!, dir. Amanda Kramer, USA 2022, 80 min., English

Amanda Kramer’s latest is a psychedelic, paranoid ode to musical divas of the ’70s and ’80s. In Give Me Pity!, Kramer’s penchant for theatricality and artificiality is the backdrop for the story of Sissy St. Claire, who, in the film, is making her television special debut. As Sissy sings, dances and communes with her adoring audience, we begin to see cracks in the armour of her persona, while a masked figure stalks her from the back of the production’s set, threatening to expose her weaknesses.

Sophie von Haselberg’s performance is deadly serious and deliriously silly. That the film was made in just five days during the pandemic on a small budget is further testament to the ability of today’s filmmakers to create films against stacked odds.

This special preview will be followed by a Q&A with Sophie von Haselberg hosted by Beyond Interpretation curator Chris Cassingham.

Then after the Q&A attendees can head to the ICA bar where their ticket will get them entry to a special Deeper Into Movies celebration of the film where you can have a drink and enjoy some disco and cult film sounds.
06:30 pm
Sun, 29 Oct 2023
Cinema 1

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