PureScreen #21: Follywood

25 Jun 2008

Event times

6.30pm. Venue: Bureau, Ground Floor, Islington Mill, James Street, Salford. M3 7JY

Cost of entry

FREE ADMISSION - BOOKING REQUIRED. To book please call Castlefield Gallery on 0161 832 8034 or email

Castlefield Gallery

Manchester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • No.2 Metroshuttle Bus
  • Metrolink Tram: Deansgate/Castlefield
  • Deansgate Train Station

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PureScreen #21: Follywood


The third curated programme in the 2008 season of PureScreen artist film and video events is PureScreen #21: Follywood. PureScreen #21 draws together a selection of new international work, from the open submission call, to examine the various ways that artists draw on the history of cinema in contemporary experimental film and video practice. This curated programme explores ideas around the cinematic, from feature film to art-house to B-movie, and mimics or overturns their traditional filmic conventions. It features experiments with montage, the re-structuring and re-presenting of classic and cult films, and works that embody or directly reference aspects of different genres. Incorporating the deliberately low-tech alongside high production values, with themes varying from horror and suspense to comedy, and Lolita, ninja, robot and zombie characters all making an appearance, Follywood embodies a sense of playfulness and draws inspiration from films including Alien, An American Werewolf in London, Badlands, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and King Kong. Trailers and credits are also utilised, and the importance of soundtracks highlighted as a means of altering a viewing or scenario, and presenting an alternative fiction. PureScreen is Castlefield Gallery's screening event for artist's film and video. Curated from open submissions, the programme provides a platform for outstanding recent work and aims to support new and emerging practitioners. For further information or to join the mailing list please email Or visit:, for programme details and to download PureScreen: Film & Video Artists Information Pack. PureScreen is supported by Arts Council England.

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