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LUX present: This is Now: Film and Video After Punk

  • Sun, 01 May 2016 - Mon, 02 May 2016
  • 1.00 PM - 8.00 PM
  • Tickets: Free, booking required.

Screenings of artists’ films and pop videos from the post-punk era (1978-85) featuring Cerith Wyn Evans, Cordeila Swann, Isaac Julien, Grayson Perry, Sophie Muller and Echo and the Bunnymen with discussion hosted by LUX. 

As part of the event Echo and the Bunnymen's Will Sergeant will appear in conversation with Bluecoat's artistic director Bryan Biggs on Mon 2 May.

The event is the Liverpool instalment of a major new touring screening project curated by William Fowler from BFI National Archive and distributed by LUX.

William Fowler says: “The Echo and the Bunnymen film ‘Shine So Hard’ was an important, unusual, quietly ground-breaking VHS tape released long ago, back in 1981.  It presents stunning live footage of the band from a powerhouse gig in Buxton plus a playful, experimental build-up; all shot by the internationally-regarded artist filmmaker, John Smith. 

“The film has been restored, looking more splendid than ever, and this event at the Bluecoat will present a rare chance to hear about the background to the piece - and about VHS culture and the importance of film and visuals to music in the early ‘80s - from key Echo and the Bunnymen member, the guitarist: Will Sergeant.”

Between each screening, there will be a short break, and the opportunity to get drinks or food from the bar.

See the full programme of films below and click the links below to book your place:

Sun 1 May 

Performing the Self - 1-2.30pm (80 mins runtime)  – Cert PG

Through a Glass, Darkly - 3pm-5pm (screening 83 mins + discussion) Cert 18 

This screening is followed by a discussion with Holly Warburton at 4.30pm

Before and After Science - 6pm-7:20pm (78mins)  – Cert 15


Mon 2 May

Entering the Dream Space2-3.20pm (78 mins) Cert 15

Just Images3.30pm - 4.50pm (78 mins) Cert 18

Video Killed The Radio Star - 5.30pm-7.30pm (72 mins + discussion) – Cert 12 

This screening is followed by a discussion with Will Sergeant at 6.15pm

Home Taping - : 7.30pm - 8.45pm (72 mins) – Cert 18


Still from Sophie Muller, In Excelsis Deo, 1983, courtesy of the artist and LUX

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