LGP hosted a weekly film night as part of the exhibition OUR SHADOW CODEX. Each Wednesday, LGP screened a programme of rare films and video in the gallery. The selection is drawn from Alan Van Wijgerden’s collection and the original 1960s programme of the Umbrella Film Club. The Umbrella Club was initiated in 1955 by Coventry City Architects Department to encourage the appreciation and practice of arts. Van Wijgerden is a local video artist and documentary maker, who over the last three decades has methodically recorded the political transformation in Coventry. The cinema architecture has been incorporated into the installation build.
WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER
THE BIRTH OF A ROBOT: Len Lye and Humphrey Jennings, 1935
– a three dimensional animation dream.
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN: Sergei Eisenstein, 1925
– first dramatised documentary showing the Russian mutiny on the Battleship Potemkin. Groundbreaking.
WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER
ABSENTEE LANDLORD (1/3): Jonathan Meades, 1997
– Part One of Meade’s exploration of Postwar Churches
LATIFAH AND HIMLI’S NOMADIC UNCLE: Alnoor Dewshi, 1992
– Follows the wanderings and wonderings of two South Asian women.
COVENTRY KIDS: Philip Donnellan, 1960
– An unique portrayal of Coventry and its once great engineering tradition
WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER
ABSENTEE LANDLORD (2/3): Jonathan Meades, 1997
– Part Two of Meade’s exploration of Postwar Churches
FACES OF HARLOW: Derrick Knight, 1964
– the early life of one of Britain’s post-war new towns in the South East of England
WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER
ABSENTEE LANDLORD (3/3): Jonathan Meades, 1997
– Part Three of Meade’s exploration of Postwar Churches
THEY TOOK US TO THE SEA: John Krish, 1961
– Made for the NSPCC about a charity outing from Birmingham to Weston-Super-Mare
HANDSWORTH SONGS: Black Audio Film Collective (Smoking Dogs Film), 1986
– A poetic montage documentary examining the Birmingham Handsworth riots and state racism and brutality.