The Article Monoplex – June 16
The day’s film program focuses on offbeat documentaries about funny, charming, and angry nonconformists. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists describes the rise of Anonymous, the group at the forefront of hacktivist culture, in a cutting edge documentary which has received phenomenal reviews.
Grandma Lo Fi tells the story of one Iceland’s most intriguing artists, an septuagenarian synth pop queen, whose private music has only recently been discovered.
The Punk Syndrome tells the tale of a Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, all four of whose members have disabilities, and is one of the most compelling documentaries in this year’s festival. After the film, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will make their debut UK performance.
Also included in the day’s programmme is this year’s premiere of the Straight8 film competition, in which filmmakers from around the world have submitted unedited Super8 short movies. In its thirteen year years the competition has hosted its premieres at many other festivals including Cannes. We are very lucky to be hosting it!
When the films end the party starts. The Article Monoplex will transform into a late night pop up bar, utilizing its exceptional location as a former industrial space on a river, by filling the venue with multiple projections and music from nine pm into the early hours of the morning. A venue where delegates from the festival and everyone can mix.
Kicking off the evening’s live music will be Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, the stars of feature documentary, the Punk Syndrome. A band who, by their own admission are “one of the best bands in Finland.” They make music with the fundamentals of punk at its core: frank, gut-charged lyrics, notched up amps, rough around the edges performances. Following on, Sheffield’s own Blood Sport with their idiosyncratic danceable lo-fi tunes, ahead of their summer EP release and East European tour. Ending the live music for the evening are London’s Halo Halo, who will provide a flavoursome melodic cacophony of deconstructed indie pop. Afterwards, Article DJs and friends will continue the tunes.
Over the next two weeks we will be posting interviews, previews, mp3s and clips from the films and bands that will be showing. So keep an eye on the website. In the meantime you find more details here. And here is a link to Doc/Fest, which starts on the 13th of June.
The event is free to enter before nine PM. It will be £3 after.