3 day celebration of the Wire Magazine
Neptune Frost dir. Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman (2021), 105 mins
Sat 2 July // 19:00
Tickets: £10 / £47 Weekend Ticket
Anthony Joesph & Andrew John live poetry & music
Doors: 7pm / Andrew Joseph & Andrew John: 8pm
Multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism and Afrofuturist vision to Neptune Frost, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonised and free, male and female, memory and prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends. Made with an entirely Rwandan and Burundian cast and crew.
The screening is preceded by a performance by poet Anthony Joseph in a duo with bass player Andrew John. Anthony Joseph is an award-winning Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels. As a musician he has released eight albums, the latest of which is The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives (Heavenly Sweetness). His new collection of poems Sonnets for Albert is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2022.
The Wire 40 @ The Cube is a weekend of events marking The Wire magazine’s 40th anniversary. Other Wire 40 events are happening in London, Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow and streaming online during the month of July. See The Wire for more details.