Programme 5 (1993-96)
With JOHN SMITH and IAN BOURN live in conversation

Home Suite (1993-94, 96 mins. SD video)
Home Suite is a close-up journey through a domestic landscape and a journey through memory.  Playing upon ambiguity and the unseen, the tape uses physical details of the space to trigger fragmented verbal descriptions of associated memories.
"John Smith takes us on a real time tour of the home from which he is being evicted, chronicling the history of the everyday items he has lived with and bringing them back to life.  Reminiscences of the emotional scenes which have been played out on the stair carpet, the confusion of trying to remember who brought each of the many toothbrushes, and the problems of decorating the kitchen, are both hilarious and poignant.  The ephemera and detritus of everyday life as seen through the eyes of a comic genius."
    - Abina Manning
"The space gradually fills with its history: complex, eccentric, funny, until it has become a kind of monumental environment, about which epic stories could be told for ever more.  The work serves to remind us about the complexities of the history of even simple spaces and objects, a complexity to which most films do not even begin to do justice."
    - Nicky Hamlyn

Blight (1994-96, 14 mins. HD video from 16mm)
Blight revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, combining images and sounds of demolition and road building with the spoken words of local residents. Taking these actualities as its starting point, Blight exploits the ambiguities of its material to create its own metaphorical fictions. The emotive power of Jocelyn Pook’s music is used in the film to overtly aid this invention, investing mundane images with dramatic significance.
"A stunning montage depicts the destruction of a London street to make way for new roads. The rhythmic, emotive soundtrack is partly musical and partly a collage of the residents’ voices. Shots and sounds echo and cross-link in the film’s 14 minutes to reinvent a radical documentary tradition."
    - A L Rees

TRT 110 mins
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In celebration of John Smith’s 50 years of filmmaking, purge.xxx presents the most extensive survey of his work to date: screening 50 films by Smith, organised into 10 weekly programmes, every Thursday from October to December at 8pm, at Close-Up Film Centre and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London.

Smith’s INTROSPECTIVE launches with a special, one-off music-focussed programme at the ICA (Saturday 1 October at 6:30pm) marking the vinyl release of BLIGHT, the soundtrack from Smith’s film with music by Jocelyn Pook. Smith and Pook will be present and in conversation, with rarely seen films including commissions for Charles Hayward and Echo & the Bunnymen screening on the night.

The weekly programmes are arranged chronologically, combining rarely screened works with well-known favourites.

For tickets please book events individually*, using the links listed along with the events.




JOHN SMITH: INTROSPECTIVE (1972–2022) is organised by Stanley Schtinter. For more information and to book tickets for events visit closeupfilmcentre.com and ica.art. For more information and to buy the Blight soundtrack visit purge.xxx. For Smith’s work: johnsmithfilms.com. To order a copy of the printed programme, *enquire about season passes, or for anything else: info (at) purge (dot) xxx




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