Curated by: Benjamin Cook
We are delighted to welcome Director of LUX, Benjamin Cook and artist Anne-Marie Copestake to introduce the screening. A post-screening discussion will take place in Studio 6 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. This will mark the re-launch of Dublin’s Critical Forum.
Chick Strand’s masterpiece Soft Fiction is a remarkable work of collective representation. Each of the five women in the film collaborated with Strand to build the film’s rich and complex picture of female subjectivity blending poetic documentary with lyrical abstraction. Its rare and open depiction of female sensuality was controversial when first shown but Soft Fiction is now celebrated as one of the defining feminist films of the 1970s.
Screening with Soft Fiction is Glasgow-based artist Anne-Marie Copestake’s And Under That.
And Under That combines footage and sounds surrounding two women – a portrait through the act of looking, finding, and listening. Emerging themes are legacies and patterns of so-called emancipation. The women vocalise fragmented language built from ideas, questions, observations, histories uncovered, history’s subjective nature, moments of alienation, female voices of authority, and resisting completion. The film develops visual associations and a scenario wherein a questioning of histories and potential comes from two older women, whom are not seen as fixed and finished but with possibilities and ideas surrounding them.
Soft Fiction is preserved by the Academy Film Archive with funding provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Film Foundation. And Under That is a Margaret Tait Award film supported by Glasgow Film Festival, LUX and Creative Scotland.
Director: Chick Strand
FILM INFO: 54 mins, USA, 1979, Digital, Black and White
And Under That
Director: Anne-Marie Copestake,
FILM INFO: 32 mins, UK, 2012, Digital