SCREENING: 10 November 2018 at 15:30
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Dir. Claus Withopf, 2018, Germany, 81 mins
UK Premiere + Q&A with the director and Anne Clark
In a compelling act of musical alchemy, poet Anne Clark turned punk’s creative heat into eloquently cool soundscapes whose influence, three decades on, remains. Via her ground-breaking use of samples and analogue synthesizers in tracks such as “Sleeper in Metropolis” and “Our Darkness”, the Croydon-born artist would become a forerunner of the techno generation. She went on to explore acoustic and orchestral settings for her own heartfelt and cryptic lyrics, as well as the work of poets including Rainer Maria Rilke and Charles Baudelaire. This intimate portrait of a famously reticent figure attests to the patience and keen eye of filmmaker Claus Withopf, whose camera accompanied Clark for nearly a decade. Along with compelling live footage dating from the 1980s to the present day, I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow focuses on Clark’s recollections of her school days, London’s punk scene, the music industry’s manipulations and deceits, the willfulness of the human heart, and her enduring love affair with the creative process in all its doubts, detours and discoveries.
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