Previously at the ICA - Films
17 Jun 2011 – 30 Jun 2011
'One of the most original and atmospheric indie movies I've seen in ages' Guardian
★★★★ 'This mesmerising, formally daring film heralds a distinctive new voice in American indie cinema.' Time Out
A young man dies of a heroin overdose in an abandoned house in Baltimore. On the eve of his funeral, family and friends gather to commemorate his life. Their shared memories paint a portrait of a community hanging in the balance, skewed by poverty, city living and a generational divide, united in their pursuit of a new American Dream.
The follow-up to Matt Porterfield's acclaimed directorial debut Hamilton, Putty Hill reveals another cross-section of Baltimore's dispossessed. Combining documentary-style interviews with narrative techniques, Putty Hill is a realist film presented in a wholly unique way. Improvised dialogue blends with script to create a natural, understated, and focused picture of a community on the fringes of society.
On Saturday 18 June at 6.30, Hussain Currimbhoy - Programmer of the Sheffield Doc Fest, will introduce the screening of Putty hill.
On Sunday 19 June at 6.30pm the screening is followed by a Skype Q&A with Matt Porterfield, director of Putty Hill, and Kieron Corless, Deputy Editor Sight and Sound.
Dir Matt Porterfield, USA, 2011, 87mins