Mascara Film Club takes place once a month in a bar in North-East London. We screen artists’ moving image in more convivial contexts, batting our lashes to the rhythm of the unexpected, the seductive, the challenging, the political, the overlooked and the underseen.

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Mascara Bar
Thursday 13 February 2020

Sex Lies and Religion, Annette Kennerley, 1993
Catholic Guilt, Martine Thoquenne, 1986, 4 mins
21st Century Nuns, Tom Stephan, 1994
It’s a Sin, Derek Jarman, 1987
Dressing for Pleasure, John Samson, 1977
Watch Out — There's a Queer About!, Andy Lipman and Phillip Timmins, 1980
Oscar Wilde: On Trial, Silvio Narizzano, 1960
On the eve of the feast of St Valentine, Queer London Film Club presents six works on guilt, desire and sex. Abney Park becomes a site of Lesbian goth cruising, the Nuns of Perpetual Indulgence beatify Derek Jarman, the frog man applies talc to a rubber suit, the feds storm a bar and arrest Jimmy Sommerville, and Oscar Wilde takes to the dock.

Curated by Sam Dolbear, Helen MacKenzie & Ash Reid. 

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Mascara Bar
Thursday 19 December 2019

What sleeps in the mouth of the ventriloquist's dummy? Mascara Film Club presents five artists’ shorts that speak through relayed voices, as pointed power plays surface across expanded testimonies. Turnpike Lane sings karaoke, a printer interrogates and John McKeown is fed lines from a Dustin Hoffman interview. Including films by free.yard, Bronte Dow, Patrick Staff, Kathryn Elkin and Richard Whitby.

Untitled (A Momentation 4 Saul), free.yard, 2019
Bathynomus, Bronte Dow, 2019
Weed Killer, Patrick Staff, 2017
Why La Bamba, Kathryn Elkin, 2015
The Lost Ones, Richard Whitby, 2019

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Mascara Bar
Thursday 14 November 2019

鳩嗚 Gau Wu, Bo Choy, 2019
A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message, Rhea Storr, 2018
The Fruit, Michelle Williams Gamaker, 2017
Meanwhile on Set..., Jennifer Martin, 2018
From the street to the film studio, Mascara Film Club presents four artists shorts that explore the performative capacities of costume, both as a tool to re-examine historical and fictional narratives as well as a strategy of current political protest.

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Mascara Bar
Thursday 10 October 2019

‘And the children? She gave them the power of the noise. She gave them information. The disease!’

A series of shorts that turn on fictive hinges (they creak). We present eight works in which absurd worlds rooted in the familiar offer estranged viewpoints, interrupted translations and weird protests. Including films by Cyrus Hung, Geraldine Snell, Sid Smith, Keren Cytter, Harriet Rickard, Callum Hill, Mikhail Karikis and Charlie Fegan. Hacked documents, pirated myths and stolen diaries make for sh-sh-shaky systems.

London, UK