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Film screening and introduction on "artists, subcultures and squatters: Berlin in the 1980s".
Billed as ‘abrasive, ravenous and explosive’, B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (unclassified: strictly 18+, 94 minutes) is a wild ride through music, art and chaos in the West-Berlin of the 1980s, featuring an evocative soundtrack by Joy Division, Die Toten Hosen, Bowie, Sex Pistols and others.
Director Mark Reeder (Factory Records) weaves memoirs of his own life together with super-8 archival footage of subculture luminaries of the era such as Nick Cave, Gudrun Gut and Blixa Bargeld to take audiences inside the walled-in city which became the creative melting pot for subculture.
With a pre-screening introduction by Professor Alison Lewis, expert in postwar German culture, and Geniale Dilletanten exhibition curator Mathilde Weh and Australian writer and Berlin resident Stuart Braun, who interviewed B-Movie director Mark Reeder, and featured that research extensively in his new book City of Exiles: Berlin From the Outside In.
Professor Alison Lewis is a linguistics professor at Melbourne University and keen Eurovision fan who uses the contest to teach undergraduates about Europe. She is an expert in Postwar German culture and society and lived in West Germany for a couple of years at the start of the 1980s.
Mathilde Weh is a freelance artist and talented singer who works as consultant for the Visual Arts Division of the Goethe-Institut in Munich. She holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology, political science and pedagogics.
Stuart Braun was born in Sydney and completed a doctorate in history before living across Asia, Australia and Europe and publishing widely as a journalist and writer. Moving to Berlin in 2009, he soon started working on his ode to his adopted city, City of Exiles: Berlin From The Outside In (2015), a book that explores why Berlin has long held a special allure for visionary artists, musicians and free spirits from around the world – including Iggy Pop, who graces the cover.
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Please note: access will be restricted to people over 18 years of age.