The Hitchcock Papers

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The “Master of Suspense” made recurring use of the motif of the newspaper headline throughout his films.

The Hitchcock Papers is a video essay and homage to Hitchcock’s masterly use of the newspaper prop, created by CINECITY and Paul Dutnall, with music from Barry Adamson. In the cinema environment, the looped screening also re-visits the idea of ‘continuous performance’ – enter at any point and stay as long as you wish.

A selection of newspapers from Fake News: The British Cinema Papers exhibition will also be displayed outside the auditorium.

Exhibition open 10am – 5pm.

Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes + introduction

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Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, director Michael Cumming’s film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and, over a two year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective.

Part documentary, part artwork, Oxide Ghosts is made up almost entirely of never before seen footage and carries the blessing of Chris Morris, providing a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices.

Celebrating twenty years since Brass Eye’s transmission in 1997, this film is must for fans of the series but will also appeal to anyone with a curiosity about how great comedy is made.

Includes introduction with director Michael Cumming.

Fake News: The British Cinema Newspapers

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‘BRIGHTON GANGSTER’S BODY FOUND Gravel Pit Discovery’ declares the front page of The Evening Argus at the start of the film of Brighton Rock. The story implicates Fred Hale (a former Argus crime reporter) in Brighton as part of a publicity stunt for his paper.

The use of newspaper headlines as a storytelling device is an established trope in cinema, part of its language and grammar (as in a Vorkapich montage of spinning front pages), especially so in the thriller genre with news stories proclaiming murder and men on the run. This is the starting point for Fake News, an exhibition that re-creates significant newspaper front pages from Brighton Rock and a host of British thrillers.

‘Where can you get movie stories that are better than today’s headlines?’ Alfred Hitchcock asked – and though very few of his films were directly inspired by newspaper stories, the great director made recurring use of the motif of the newspaper headline. His life in film started as a designer of intertitles in the silent era and his creative use of text on screen is evident throughout his career.

Fake News includes re-created newspapers from Hitchcock’s breakthrough thriller The Lodger (which contains Hitchcock’s very first cameo, as a newspaper editor), The 39 Steps and Young and Innocent and is complemented by a video essay, The Hitchcock Papers, a homage to Hitchcock’s masterly use of the newspaper prop, created by CINECITY and Paul Dutnall with music from Barry Adamson.

With thanks to Aardman, we also present newspaper graphics from the thrilling animated adventures of Wallace and Gromit in The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and A Matter of Loaf & Death.

The exhibition’s re-creation of front pages is also complemented by ‘real’, existing newspaper action props from A Clockwork Orange, with thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London. With their patina and provenance, these original props from Stanley Kubrick’s legendary 1971 film possess the quality of a sacred object or holy relic.

See the exhibition at University of Brighton South Gallery
11 November – 9 December 2017

Monday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Closed Sundays

Looking for Love – Christian Marclay

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In Looking for Love, the needle of a record player is raised and dropped again and again, searching for the moment in assorted songs when the word “love” is heard. Marclay filmed his performance with a tiny camera used in surgical operations and captures, in sharp detail, his attempts to “look for love” on the record.

Over the past 30 years, Marclay has explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video. In the 1970s, the Swiss-American artist pioneered the use of turntables and records as musical instruments, operating independently of but parallel to hip hop. His many works with vinyl include Recycled Records (1980-86), collages of broken and re-assembled vinyl records still playable on the turntable.

He is probably best known for his 2010 installation, The Clock, a cinematic tour-de-force that unfolds on the screen in real time through thousands of film excerpts that form a 24-hour montage.

As in Christian Marclay’s many other works with vinyl, Looking for Love also captures the idiosyncratic qualities of analogue sound like hisses, glitches, skips and scratches.

“People who care about records are always giving me a hard time,” Marclay says. “I mean, I would destroy records in performances, and break them, and whatever I could do to them to create a sound that was something else than just the sound that was in the groove.”

For Marclay, vinyl is not about preserving sounds for posterity, a poignant contrast with Brighton Rock where the recording booth became a confessional and the Record Your Own Voice machine reminded Pinkie of fingerprints. Ultimately of course it is Pinkie’s attempt to destroy the record that causes its own glitch and the repetition of “love” in the film’s famous conclusion.

See the exhibition at University of Brighton North Gallery 11 November – 9 December 2017.

Monday – Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Closed Sundays

Record Your Own Voice with Aleks Kolkowski

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To complement the You Want Me To Say I Love You/ Brighton Rock  event, record live your own personal messages directly onto disc using a 1950s automatic record-cutting machine. Specially designed for recording your own voice and making sound souvenirs you can make a 45 rpm two-minute ‘voice letter’ or audio message.

You can also perform poetry, sing a song or tell a story, play an instrument, record a marriage proposal or a message to self. Small groups or families are welcome to cut one disc between them.