EXPRMNTL

When experimental film emerged as an international phenomenon in the mid-twentieth century, nothing was more important to its ascendance than the five EXPRMNTL film festivals. As well as being the initiator and, for many years, the heart and soul of the Brussels film archive, the enigmatic Jacques Ledoux organised a showcase of avant-garde film in the casino of the Knokke resort. More a meeting ground than a regular festival, EXPRMNTL was held in 1949, 1958, 1963, 1967 and 1974; gaining a reputation as some of the most exceptional happenings in the history of experimental film. After a first edition that brought the pre-war avant-garde to the younger generation, the second event united what would become the canon of post-war experimental filmmakers, including Stan Brakhage, Peter Kubelka, Robert Breer, Len Lye and Kenneth Anger. This insightful documentary paints a fascinating portrait of Ledoux while also opening up the legacy of EXPRMNTL for a contemporary audience thanks to riveting testimonies from participants such as Agnès Varda, Jonas Mekas, Harun Farocki, Birgit Hein, Boris Lehman and Michael Snow.

Angel | Dir. Paul Winkler |  8mins | Australia | 2015 |
Sydney Premiere Mirror mirror on the wall who is the prettiest of them all? Crass images of the beautiful people floating by, all telling the viewer they are it. Even the angels are consumed by the rampant commercialism of it all.
Exprmntl | Dir. Brecht Debackere| Documentary | 65mins | Belgium | 2016 | Australian Premiere
Sydney Premiere Mirror mirror on the wall who is the prettiest of them all? Crass images of the beautiful people floating by, all telling the viewer they are it. Even the angels are consumed by the rampant commercialism of it all.
Angel | Dir. Paul Winkler |  8mins | Australia | 2015
"A fascinating insight into the shaping of an experimental film culture through international curation and conversations" 
Sophie Meyer
BFI
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Saturday 16TH SEPTEMBER
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