In 1984, British filmmaker Derek Jarman took his Olympus VHS camcorder into Benjy’s, a gay nightclub in East London’s Mile End district, and taped patrons dancing, talking, sitting, and drinking. Until recently this film has remained buried in an archive, but has now been unearthed by producer Ron Peck.
Join us for a rare screening of this previously lost footage in the context of Mathew Parkin’s exhibition slope-tend-big at Grand Union as part of Shout Festival 2016. The screening will be preceded by a discussion between Parkin, Fierce’s Director Aaron Wright and Luis-Manuel Garcia lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Pop Music Studies at the University of Birmingham, around the themes of social dancing, queer space, community and utopia. As the night wears on a dancefloor will emerge as DJs take to the decks and the film loops on late into the night.