Mascara Film Club




Mascara Film Club normally 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. For the forseable future we will running online screenings only.

Mascara Film Club is organised by Rufus Rock, Sid Smith and Kasia Lukasik.

We’re committed to supporting artists working with moving image. If you’re an emerging artist and would like to screen one of your films, please get contact us.

Say hello ︎︎︎ mascarafilmclub@gmail.com


Mascara Film Club




Mascara Film Club normally 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.  

Mascara Film Club is organised by Rufus Rock,  Daisy Smith and Kasia Lukasik.

Say hello ︎︎︎ mascarafilmclub@gmail.com






Past Screenings


︎ 20

Thursday 11 November 2021
Location: Mascara Bar

Programme:
Algo-Rhythm, Manu Luksch, 2019 (14 mins)
In The Air Tonight, Andrew Norman Wilson, 2020, (12 mins)
Dream English Kid 1964 – 1999 AD, Mark Leckey, 2015 (23 mins)
Important Trans Artwork, Maz Murray, 2020 (8 mins)



Mascara Film Club is beyond excited to be back with our first in person screening since February 2020.

Presenting four artist films drawing inspiration from the vernacular of pop music cultures to explore subjects ranging from machine intelligence, class, gender and memory, as well as personal and pop cultural mythology.

Algo-Rhythm (Manu Luksch, 2019) was shot in Dakar with the participation of leading Senegalese musicians, and probes the insidious but comprehensive threats to human agency posed by the rise of the quantification and algorithmic management of daily life. In In The Air Tonight (Andrew Norman Wilson, 2020) an urban legend about the Phil Collins hit induces an uncanny trip through 1980s LA. Dream English Kid 1964 – 1999 AD (Mark Leckey, 2015) presents a collage of what the Leckey calls “found memories” after he discovered a recording on YouTube of a Joy Division concert he attended as a teenager and realised that many of our past intimate memories are online. Very Important Trans Artwork, (Maz Murray, 2020) follows a trans person returning home to Basildon, Essex, at the start of a pandemic.
︎ Joanna McClurg

16 September – 13 October 2021

Programme:
Black Mountain, Joanna McClurg, 2020, 46 mins
Viva Palestine Viva Ireland, Joanna McClurg, 2020, 8 mins



Location: online

Mascara Film Club is pleased to present an online screening of two videos, Black Mountain (2020) and Viva Palestine Viva Ireland (2020), by artist Joanna McClurg. This double screening looks at the personal and local histories of Belfast’s Black Mountain. While officially only a hill, Black Mountain boasts the highest point in greater Belfast. It has served as a burial ground for ancient Irish kings, the source of rivers that fuelled the linen industry, propelling Belfast from provincial town to linchpin of the British Empire, and, perhaps most controversially, a major operational base of the British Army.

Black Mountain follows 86 year-old Victor who walks almost 10 miles every day with someone else’s dog. During these walks he reminisces. Zig-zagging across the mountain and between memories, he reveals his unconventional view of the world.

Viva Palestine Viva Ireland is a found footage film documenting the Irish republican collective Gael Force Art, known for adorning the hillside with political slogans made from white, fabric letters. The group assert a message of solidarity between Ireland and Palestine, drawing parallels between their entangled histories of dispossession, colonialism and state violence. Viva Palestine Viva Ireland considers the political, material and poetic aspects of the group’s work and attempts to formulate a reply to their usually declarative or imperative ‘bedsheet statements.’

︎ John Smith

6 August – 1 September 2021
Location: online

Programme: 
A State of Grace, John Smith, 2019

Close up illustration from an airline fligh safety catelogue depicting a person putting on a yellow life jacket. Red arrows indicate the required movements.

Mascara Film Club is pleased to present an online screening of A State of Grace, 2019 by John Smith.

Enigmatic diagrams and the artist’s poor hearing on a flight to Ireland trigger a radical interpretation of the airline’s safety instructions.

Duration: 3 mins
Artist website: www.johnsmithfilms.com/
Access info: Closed captions are available in English.

︎ Lou Lou Sainsbury
27 May - 26 June
Location: Online

Programme:

my hole is the place where i call myself a mother, Lou Lou Sainsbury, 2020


So where do you wanna go tonight?

By the time I am 60 I know that I will have learn’t how to listen to the voices in the holes of the trees,

Because there are holes in the trees in my bedroom in space, don’t you know?

@ursulauwe (Marie) and @_sarjon_ (Sarjon)

Duration: 21 mins

Artist website: www.loulousainsbury.com


︎ Roland Carline

27 April – 26 May
Location: Online

Programme: 
Deptford Freestylers, Roland Carline, 2020



Mascara Film Club is pleased to present an online screening of Deptford Freestylers (2020) a film by Roland Carline with the inclusive dance group Deptford Freestylers.

“This film was made on 12 November 2019 the eve of the UK general election. We were very happy to be together and as soon as we left each other on this night everything went to shit.  We meet every Tuesday in South London.  Come and find us and hang out/ freestyle with us anytime. You can contact us on insta @deptford_freestylers.” —Roland

Duration: 9 mins

Access Information: The audio has open captions in English.

London, UK