ABANDONED GOODS – narrated by Iain Sinclair


Abandoned Goods is a short essay film about the extraordinary collection of artworks created by patients detained in Netherne psychiatric hospital between 1946 and 1981. The artworks were created in a pioneering art studio in the hospital run by the artist Edward Adamson. Today around 5,500 pieces survive, assembled together as the Adamson Collection, one of the major bodies of British ‘asylum art’. The film is narrated by an unseen cataloguer, voiced by Iain Sinclair, who comments on key works in the Collection and provides glimpses into the lives of their creators. Blending archive, reconstruction, 35mm rostrum photography, interviews and observational footage, the film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects, examining the lives of the creators and the changing contexts in which the objects were produced and displayed, to provide a moving impression of the unseen history of postwar asylum life in the UK.

Abandoned Goods was made with the help of Dr David O’Flynn and the Adamson Collection Trust and the support of the Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.

Abandoned Goods has been selected for the Pardi di domani competition at Locarno Film Festival 6th-16th August 2014!

Link: http://flyfilm.co.uk/films/abandoned-goods.php


Iain Sinclair & Colin MacCabe Present: Le Mépris at the ICA

20 November 2013

£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA Members

A screening of Le Mépris for Iain Sinclair’s 70×70, a season of 70 films that have appeared in his novels to mark his 70th birthday, followed by a discussion between Sinclair and writer and film producer Colin MacCabe.

‘I remember seeing this one at the National Film Theatre on the night before I left London for the Mediterranean island of Gozo. Where I would correspond with William Burroughs and work on the script that was never made, The Face on the Fork. Godard’s film played in every way like a trailer. Like an art movie shot over the weekend as a real-estate brochure for a special property, the Villa Malaparte on Capri. (Another island film, from the series of women arriving, returning or disappearing: Bardot here, Lea Massari and Monica Vitti in L’avventura, Magnani in Vulcano, Ingrid Bergman in Stromboli. Capri also features in Rossellini’s Viaggio in Italia, a Godard favourite.) Le Mépris is a promo for Bardot as widescreen topography – while Godard thinks up something for her to do.

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70×70 at The White Building. 3 movies.


Iain Sinclair: 70 x 70 – John Smith Screening + Q and A

22/10/2013 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm


A specially curated screening by Iain Sinclair.

Iain Sinclair will be in conversation with filmmaker John Smith after the screening.

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70×70 at St John’s Bethnal Green: The Small World of Sammy Lee

17 Oct St John’s Bethnal Green
The Small World of Sammy Lee. 1962. Dir. Ken Hughes.
Introduced by Iain Sinclair

Link to the event website: http://www.stjohnonbethnalgreen.org/?p=1877314

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70×70 at “secret location”: Aguirre: Wrath of God

14 Sept

“Secret location” with limited capacity (still available as of 8/9/2013).
Aguirre: Wrath of God. 1972. Dir. Werner Herzog
Mail events@70×70.info to book a place or visit the following website: http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/mkEThKhwDt