This pre-launch event celebratesÂ Unlicensed Preaching: A Life Unpacked In 70 FilmsÂ - the book documenting Iain Sinclair’sÂ 70×70 film seasonÂ (his selection of 70 films to mark his 70th year).
Published on 23 October 2014, this is an advance opportunity to get your copy of a radically inventive and deftly realised furtherance of Sinclair’s monumental film curation.
Contributors include Alan Moore, Chris Petit, Colin MacCabe, Barrie Keeffe, Gareth Evans and Andrew KÃ¶tting.
To observe the occasion, recently unearthed never-before-seen footage will be screened fromÂ Subversion In The Street Of Shame, a convocation of London’s literary underground held over three days in 1994 at the Bridewell Theatre, off Londonâ€™s Fleet Street. It documents the last public readings of Robin Cook/Derek Raymond and Kathy Acker, as well as the very first â€˜Moon and Serpentâ€™ performance by Alan Moore; other performers include Sinclair, Chris Petit, Brian Catling, John Healy and Stewart Home. Petit and Sinclair will be present to add their unique memories of the event.
Following this will be a rare screening ofÂ Marine Court Rendezvous(directed by Chris Petit/Iain Sinclair; soundtrack by Susan Stenger).Originally presented in 2008 in Londonâ€™s Sketch Gallery as a 12-channel video installation,Â Marine Court RendezvousÂ comprises a series of documentary-fictions shot in and around Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea – a 1930s crumbling modernist building in the style of a Cunard luxury liner. In essenceÂ â€˜a film that was never madeâ€™, it creates a half-world of intertwined narratives, combining fragments of new footage with exiled characters and disembodied voices from diverse cinematic sources. When presented as a grid of surveillance-camera images rather than on 12 separate screens, it echoes Marine Courtâ€™s array of windows while peering voyeuristically inward and gazing wistfully outward.
Petit, Sinclair and Stenger will speak about the making ofÂ Marine Court RendezvousÂ before the screening.
Street of ShameÂ andÂ Marine CourtÂ will be preceded by the three minute shortÂ Iain Sinclair: 70, 16mm footage taken by Stanley Schtinter and Susu Laroche on the morning of Sinclair’s 70th birthday.
Seven frames from the original negative of this film will be included in each book on the night.
The event (in brief):
Iain Sinclair: 70
Subversion In The Street Of ShameÂ - In two parts, with live commentary by Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit
Marine Court RendezvousÂ - Preceded by a talk by Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit and Susan Stenger