Marc Karlin weekend
Date: 13 - 15 April
Location: Arnolfini

a woman and two men in a formal discussion


  • 1Roundtable Discussion with (L to R) Luke Fowler, Andy Robson, Sheila Rowbotham, Dan Kidner, Kodwo Eshun, Holly Aylett, Jonathan Bloom and Steve Sprung
  • 2Luke Fowler, Holly Aylett and Sheila Rowbotham discuss Marc Karlin's 'For Memory'
  • 3Still from 'Nightcleaners', 1974
  • 4Video still from 'For Memory', 1982
  • 5Video still from 'Between Times', 1993
  • 6Video still from 'The Serpent', 1997

Holly Aylett, Dan Kidner and Jonathan Bloom discuss Marc Karlin's 'The Serpent'


Picture This present a weekend of screenings and talks on the work of Marc Karlin at Arnolfini.

The screening programme begins on Friday 13 April with the seminal, Nightcleaners (1974) by the Berwick Street Film Collective. Initially commissioned as a campaign film in support of an attempt by the women’s movement to unionise London’s night cleaners, the film soon became something else entirely. Shot in black and white, and punctuated with sections of black leader, Nightcleaners fuses political documentary with a rigorous reflection on the materiality of film and the problems of representing struggle.

The programme continues with three films that Karlin made for television in the 1980s and 90s. For Memory (1986), features E.P. Thompson, and explores historical memory, Between Times (1993) looks at the fate of the British Left in the wake of Thatcherism, and The Serpent (1997)  is a drama-documentary about Rupert Murdoch told through the lens of Paradise LostEach film brilliantly captures the mood of the left in Britain through the 80s and 90s, whilst the aesthetic and political issues, and questions, they raise remain relevant and urgent.


Friday 13 April, 7.00pm
+ Q&A with Mike Sperlinger and Humphry Trevelyan

Saturday 14 April, 3.00pm
For Memory
+ Q&A with Luke Fowler and Sheila Rowbotham

Saturday 14 April, 7.00pm
Between Times
+ Q&A with Kodwo Eshun and Steve Sprung

Sunday 15 April, 11.30am
The Serpent
+ Q&A with Holly Aylett and Jonathan Bloom

Sunday 15 April, 2.00 - 4.00pm
Roundtable Discussion
with Holly Aylett, Jonathan Bloom, Kodwo Eshun, Luke Fowler, Sheila Rowbotham, Steve Sprung and Humphry Trevelyan.


The project is generously supported by Arts Council England.

With special thanks to Arnolfini, BFI, LUX, and In the Spirit of Marc Karlin (Holly Aylett, Hermione Harris and Andy Robson).


£18.00/ £14.00 concs for all 4 films
£6.50 for individual screenings


Visit Arnolfini

16 Narrow Quay,
Bristol BS1 4QA

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