2015 FESTIVAL

Sleaford

Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th October 2015

Join us for the 4th annual Liverpool Radical Film Festival.

This year’s highlights include the Liverpool Premier of Sleaford Mods-Invisible Britain (2015), a performance for Europe’s largest Chinese Youth Orchestra (courtesy of our Festival Partners, Pagoda Arts), a whole day’s worth of Radical Film Network events (including a special event programme in collaboration with Subversive Film Festival) and much more! And even better… it’s all totally FREE!

You will be able to download the full programme here, or take a look through this year’s portfolio below.

  • All
  • Director Q & A
  • Discussion
  • Party
  • Performance
  • Presentation
  • Q & A
  • Screening
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Sleaford Mods

Sleaford Mods

Sleaford Mods - Invisible Britain (2015, Paul Sng & Nathan Hannawin)

Screening and Director Q&A
Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Date: Thursday 22nd October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

Join us for the Liverpool premier of Sleaford Mods - Invisible Britain, plus a Q&A session with directors Paul Sng and Nathan Hannawig. Part band doc, part look at the state of the nation, Invisible Britain tells the story of how the most relevant British band in years stuck two fingers up to the zeitgeist and gave voice to the pent up rage of the neglected, broken down and boarded up parts of the UK that many would prefer to ignore. FREE EVENT.

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#PeoplePower

#PeoplePower

#PeoplePower: Collaborative Exhibition

Presentation, Discussion and Screening
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Date: Friday 23rd October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

In September 2015 the Radical Film Network undertook a collaborative screening project, running x6 #PeoplePower events in different cities across the UK. RFN members organised 6 double-bill screenings of A Time Comes (2009) and McLibel (2005), all of which took place on the same evening, with discussions across different cities being linked over social media. LRFF member, Hayley Trowbridge, will deliver a short presentation on this project, before screening Nick Broomfield's short documentary, A Time Comes (2009). She will then facilitate a dialogue about collaborative exhibition in radical film contexts. Join us, and bring your own perspective on radical film culture in the UK. FREE Radical Film Network Event. Open to everyone.

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Subversive Film ...

Subversive Film Festival

Presentation, Discussion and Q&A with Dina Pokrajac
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Date: Friday 23rd October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

Subversive Festival was founded in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2008. The initial edition celebrated the 40th anniversary of the protests of 1968 and combined political theory and film in an effort to examine their legacy and identify subversive practices that radically alter the dominant socio-economic structures. Subversive Festival was conceived as an interdisciplinary, hyper-textual, trans-subjective, political attempt at demystification of visual taboos and the critical analysis of film as a powerful contemporary art form that can be used for subverting the neoliberal status quo. Dina Pokrajac, a film program coordinator and member of the organisational team behind Subversive Festival, will join us to deliver a presentation about the Festival and participate in a discussion. FREE Radical Film Network Event. Open to everyone.

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Funding & S...

Funding & Support

Funding & Support: Panel Session

Presentation, Discussion and Q&A
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Date: Friday 23rd October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

The Film Hub North West Central, Cinema for All, and Creative Europe join us to deliver presentations about the kinds of support and funding opportunities they offer. Come along, put your questions to the panel and get informed about the funding and support available to radical filmmakers and organisations. FREE Radical Film Network Event. Open to everyone.

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Strategies for S...

Strategies for Sustainability

Strategies for Sustainability: A Radical Film Network Event

Discussion
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Date: Friday 23rd October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

An open, informal discussion on the challenges and possibilities of building a sustainable radical film culture. There will be short statements by members of the RFN followed by discussion and debate. How should the Radical Film Network be organized? How should radical film engage with institutions? How can we best work together to sustain radical ways of working, exhibiting and making films? Come along and help shape the future of radical film! FREE Radical Film Network Event. Open to everyone.

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Open Discussion

Open Discussion

Radical Film Network: Open Discussion

Discussion
Time: 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Date: Friday 23rd October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

An open discussion about the Radical Film Network's dialogues, presentations and screenings, which took place throughout the day. Free Radical Film Network Event. Open to everyone.

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Subversive Scree...

Subversive Screening

Subversive Film Festival Double Bill

Screening & Discussion
Time: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Date: Friday 23rd October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

A double-bill of radical Croatian films programmed in collaboration with Subversive Film Festival. Sonja Tarokić's short fictional film, On Shaky Ground (2014), tells the story of a family who slide into crisis upon the discovery of the Father's financial mistakes, set against the background of the problematic property market in Croatia. Next, Arsen Oremović's documentary, Married to the Swiss Franc (2012),  looks at the Swiss Franc loan fiasco that saw families all over Croatia suffer breakdowns, illnesses and deaths related to unmanageable debts. The film also raises the question why the only public reaction is merely a general feeling of helplessness instead of more concrete forms of rebellion, and whether the problem of debt can be a means to mobilise the masses. Free Radical Film Network Event. Open to everyone.

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Athens Now!

Athens Now!

Athens Now! (2008, onwards)

Screening
Time: 12:00noon - 2:00pm
Date: Saturday 24th October
Venue: Upstairs, 45 - 61 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5AA (This venue is not accessible for wheelchair users)

A symposium of radical film from contemporary Greece, Athens Now! Showcases work rooted in and responding to the humanitarian crisis as experienced by the people of Greece since 2008. These films cover the struggle of the past seven years, and demonstrate a positive and creative outcome beyond the inevitability of Europe’s collapse. FREE EVENT.

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Los Tradores

Los Tradores

Los Tradores/The Traitors (1973, Raymundo Gleyzer)

Screening and Introduction by Humberto Perez-Blanco
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Date: Saturday 24th October
Venue: Upstairs, 45 - 61 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5AA. (This venue is not accessible for wheelchair users)

2016 sees the 40th anniversary of the murder of radical filmmaker, Raymundo Gleyzer, by Argentina’s military dictatorship. Gleyzer’s rarely seen, semi-fictional masterwork, The Traitors, is a compelling political thriller about a trade unionist corrupted by his rise to power. Skillfully weaving documentary and fictional sequences, the film foregrounds the Peronistas movement of Argentina during the country’s most explosive political era. FREE EVENT.

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Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra

Chinese Youth Orchestra

Live Performance
Time: 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Date: Saturday 24th October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

We open our Saturday evening at Pagoda with a live performance from the largest Chinese Youth Orchestra in Europe. Overlaid with footage celebrating Chinese culture and the contribution made by the Chinese community to Liverpool’s arts scene. FREE EVENT.

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Helen Biggar Dou...

Helen Biggar Double Bill

Screening and Discussion
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Date: Saturday 24th October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool, L1 5BU.

Glasgow in the 1930s and 40s was a hotbed of political and cultural ferment. One woman in particular stands out as a contributor to this moment. Helen Biggar (1909–1953) created one of the UK’s most influential anti-war films with Norman McLaren just as the Spanish Civil War began. Hell Unltd (1936) is presented here re-dubbed with techno-house soundtrack by Deepchord, and preceded by a rare screening of the newly digitised Traces Left (1983), a documentary about the Glasgow art and political scene in the 1930s and 40s, which focuses in particular on Helen Biggar. FREE EVENT.

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Screamers &...

Screamers & 100 Years Later

Screamers (2006, Carla Garapedian) and 100 Years Later (2015, John Lubbock)

Screenings and Q & A
Time: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Date: Saturday 24th October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool, L1 5BU.

Long before the Holocaust, the first genocide of the 20th century occurred in the former Ottoman Empire (now Turkey). Beginning in 1915, at least 1 million Armenians perished while the world did nothing. Screamers explores why genocides continue to occur in modern day history and features the rock band System Of A Down, whose families include Armenian Genocide survivors, as well as people involved with genocides in Rwanda and Darfur. Screamers also examines genocide denial in current-day Turkey, and the neutral trend that the United States generally holds towards genocide. 100 Years Later looks at the progress being made on the ground, exploring a subject that just 10 years ago was so taboo that you could be prosecuted for mentioning it. Filmmaker(s) and other invited guests will be here for engaging Q+A.  FREE EVENT.

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Funds Party

Funds Party

Funds with a capital FUN!

Party!
Time: 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Date: Saturday 24th October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

Join LRFF 2015 and our hosts, the Pagoda Chinese Arts Centre, for a night of films, food and fun in which we to hope to raise money towards our common cause of keeping the arts alive in a time of austerity. FREE EVENT.

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Radical Shorts

Radical Shorts

Radical Short Films Session

Screening, Filmmaker Q&A and Discussion
Time: 12noon - 2pm

Date: Sunday 25th October
Venue: Upstairs, 45 - 61 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5AA. (This venue is not accessible for wheelchair users)

A selection of brand new radical shorts from around the world picked by the LRFF team. Covering everything from migrants rights to mothers fighting back against austerity, this program intends to shed light on the often ignored struggles of those hidden in plain sight. FREE EVENT.

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Spectrum

Spectrum

Spectrum: A Series of Artist Moving Image

Screening and Discussion
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Date: Sunday 25th October
Venue: Upstairs, 45 - 61 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5AA. (This venue is not accessible for wheelchair users)

To bring innovative and experimental moving image into our 2015 program, we have collaborated with Spectrum to curate this series of artists works. After two full to capacity screenings in London, this will be the first time many of these works will be shown in the north of England. Spectrum attempts to survey artist moving image submitted through an open call, allowing them to respond to a wide variety of artist work rather than prescribing particular themes or theories before hand. The works chosen for this screening will have a relationship to the ongoing focus of LRFF. FREE EVENT.
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Ken Fero

Ken Fero

In Conversation with Ken Fero

Screening, Q&A and Discussion
Time: 5pm - 7:30pm

Date: Sunday 25th October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

2015 has seen a sharp rise in public awareness of police militarisation and brutality. Tonight renowned activist and filmmaker, Ken Fero, joins us for a screening of three of his films dealing with the deaths of black men in police custody over the past fifteen years. FREE EVENT.

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Press

Press

Press (2010, Sedat Yilmaz)

Screening, Presentation and Discussion
Time: 8pm - 10pm

Date: Sunday 25th October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry St, Liverpool L1 5BU

Exposing links between the Turkish state and paramilitaries carrying out human rights abuses against the Kurdish population, Press tells the semi-fictional story of journalists subjected to oppression and intimidation by the Turkish authorities in their attempts to bring such stories to light. FREE EVENT.

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