Free Film Series – John Smith: Shorts
Presented with Contemporary Art Gallery, in association with The Cinematheque
January 23, 2013 7:00PM (90 min) FREE
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street
British filmmaker John Smith’s work is associated with ‘structural film’, an experimental and analytical approach focused on the illusionary nature of the media itself, specifically looking at its ‘material’ qualities such as the projected light, the film strip and the projection apparatus. The series of films shown here from the 1970s and 1980s including his iconic The Girl Chewing Gum (1975), demonstrate how Smith expands on the concerns of structuralist practice through new means, including the use of narrative structure, the relationship between sound and image, humour and a close engagement with popular culture.