A screening event of non-conforming, psychedelic, and surrealist animations, music videos and archival footage from the past 50 years.
Haphazard Inn: Chaos Narratives is a screening event of non-conforming, psychedelic, and surrealist animations, music videos and archival footage from the past 50 years. In its search for meaning within the chaotic, this screening programme will invite you to embark on a thought-provoking trip filled with bizarre, idiosyncratic, and comedic narratives.
Inspired by the productions of the British theatre company Punchdrunk and the growing prevalence of immersive exhibitions, Haphazard Inn: Chaos Narratives is a screening event that draws attention to the spectacle of film exhibition and seeks to provide the audience with an experience that stimulates the senses through colourful lighting, sound, and performance. Enabled by the Black Box screening space, the event offers an exhibition-like experience with films being screened on a combination of old-fashioned monitors and traditional screens arranged throughout the venue. Without the constraint of a designated seat, the audience will inhabit the space in an unconfined and relaxed manner.
The 2 hour programme consists of 6 short films with an array of narratives that use satirical elements to either distort or describe our society. The screening invites the audience to experience a range of emotions from confusion to a rush of adrenaline, to let loose of societal norms, and reimagine concepts such as sexuality, politics, and self-expression through a kaleidoscopic lens.
The event will conclude with a student-led fashion show and the guests will be invited to stick around for post-screening refreshments.
Free and open to all.
The full program can be found below or for a more visual version please go here
- Story of the hare who lost his spectacles (1973, BFI player archive collection)– Jethro Tull
– Featuring various gigantic dancing animals, ballet dancers and a narrator, this choreographed folk-rock-fairy tale music video combines elements of pagan rituals and children’s literature through the use spoken-word poetry and absurdist performance elements.
- Agony Aunt Margery Boobs (1977, BFI player archive collection) – Bob Godfrey
– Based on a real-life newspaper correspondent Margery Proops who wrote a column “Dear Marje” for the British newspaper The Daily Mirror, this short animation pokes fun at British attitudes to sex through the unlikely romance between Agony Aunt Margery Boobs and a desperate advice-seeker.
- Good Strong Coffee (1968, BFI player archive collection) – Advert by BBDO
– Good Strong Coffee is a kaleidoscopic advertisement for an unknown coffee brand. With its psychedelic mood achieved through colourful lighting and enthusiastically dancing young adults, this advert promotes the stimulating effects of coffee.
- Slug Life (2018, BFI player archive collection) – Sophie Koko Gate
– Slug Life follows a day in the life of its protagonist Tanya in her unconventional attempt to take control of her love life. Through experimentation she creates her perfect partner – a beautiful, talking slug. All seems perfect until the slug begins to integrate in the outside world.
- A nightmare on BAME street(2017, LUX archives) – Hardeep Pandhal
– Having drawn inspiration from comic books and political satire, A Nightmare on BAME Street is animation film that portrays a skewed version of the area of Birmingham Hardeep Pandhal grew up in. In an imagined outdoor cinema, loitering characters envision excessive scenes in thought bubbles, which also carry double meanings from the African American verbal duelling game known as The Dozens.
- Punk can take it (1979, BFI player archive collection) – Julien Temple
– This wartime documentary parody offers insight into the punk rock “identity crisis” in 1970s England. In their quest to retaliate and fight oppression, this film portrays the morale of the punk rock subculture to never submit and seek revenge upon their oppressors.
All films will be captioned and venue is wheelchair accessible
CW: nudity, sexual content, flashing lights, violence, explicit language