11 Nov 10:00 am: 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
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Tuesday 28 November, 6pm: University of Brighton Boardroom Artists’ Talk
Artists and curators involved in Fake News including Anna Deamer, Paul Dutnall and Tim Brown from CINECITY will take part in a free talk. Places are limited so please book in advance by email to email@example.com
FAKE NEWS: The British Cinema Papers has been created by CINECITY and artist / production designer Anna Deamer in collaboration with Data Repro, specialist provider of graphics to the film industry since 1986. The project has also involved students from Brighton Film School and Wimbledon College of Art and has been supported by The Argus.