The Liberated Film Club vs. Important Books (or, Manifestos Read by Children)

23 October, 2021
– 23 October, 2021
Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19 7JF

LUX is delighted to host ‘The Liberated Film Club vs. Important Books (or, Manifestos Read by Children)’, an event held to mark the publication of The Liberated Film Club, an anthology edited by Stanley Schtinter and published by Tenement Press, with original contributions from John Akomfrah, Laura Mulvey, Dennis Cooper and many others.

The Liberated Film Club is a collection of transcriptions and special commissions anchored by a series of screening events held at London’s Close-Up Film Centre, from 2016 to 2020. Showing ‘Liberated Film’ (titles drawn from Schtinter’s expansive archive of ‘lost, suppressed and impossible’ motion picture), a guest would be invited to introduce a film; an audience seated to watch it through; but there’d be a disruption to that typical format. Neither the audience nor the guest would have any idea what would be shown. According to Sight & Sound magazine, ‘Herein lies the Exquisite Corpse of the Liberated Film Club, to align in ways you never would have expected and in order to show you something new’.

This event will pit the celebration of The Liberated Film Club against the first “live” iteration of another Schtinter initiative: Important Books (or, Manifestos Read by Children), currently being held at Whitechapel Gallery. Children will be present to read various manifestos on cinema, including works by Werner Herzog, Peggy Ahwesh, Jean Marie Straub, Yvonne Rainer and Pope Pius XI.

A new video work by Schtinter will be presented in the black box, with contributors to both The Liberated Film Club anthology and Important Books exhibition, the writer Elena Gorfinkel and the filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman, appearing live in conversation with writer and curator Gareth Evans.

Books signed by the contributing artists will be available at the event, but due to limited stock on the day, pre-ordering a copy is strongly encouraged:

A sister event will take place in the same evening at Close-Up Film Centre. For more information:


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