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Jack Sargeant Presents

Nova Express

Dir: Andre Perkowski, 2014, USA, 70 min

Fri 8 January 2016 // 19:30

Tickets: £5 / £4


Author Jack Sargeant presents the Andre Perkowski epic adaptation of Nova Express. Like the Burroughs' science fiction cut-up novel on which it is based, the film cuts-up, remixes, incorporates and detours through social satire, science fiction, film noir, and the image archive of the twentieth-century to create a visual response the voices of William Burroughs and others as they read routines from the book. This film is a mammoth work that has screened in various forms across America (some versions lasting three-hours) and this screening is essential for anyone interested in Burroughs, radical cinema, and storming the reality studio.

Introduced and accompanied by a talk from Jack Sargeant exploring the work of Burroughs, beyond literature, drawing on the writings in his latest book, Against Control. Copies of the book, published by 8 Millimetre, Sweden will be available for sale on the night.

"As the film reaches its climax, Perkowski’s images become less literal and more visionary, intensifying into hallucinatory, stroboscopic collages. Its "Final Words" (in fact the first words of the book), written half a century ago, are apocalyptic and all too timely: “Listen all you boards syndicates and governments of the earth. And you powers behind what filth deals consummated in what lavatory to take what is not yours. To sell the ground from unborn feet forever … Show your cards all players … These words might be too late."" --The Boston Globe

Talk: 7.30pm-8.15pm

Film: 8.15pm-9.30pm