Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 178: Wed Jun 29

The Afterlight (Shackleton, 2021): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.20pm

BFI introduction:
The latest work from Charlie Shackleton (Beyond Clueless and BFI London Film Festival prize-winning short Lasting Marks) is a mesmerising and sweeping collage of moments from early cinema and performances of screen actors who are no longer with us. It offers a beautiful and spiritual journey, especially when combined with the knowledge that The Afterlight itself only exists as a single 35mm film print: further eroding every time it screens, it will eventually disappear. Don’t miss your chance to experience this special film on the first stop of its UK tour. An immersive cinematic collage assembled from early 20th century cinema, The Afterlight documents the physical presence of over three hundred actors who are no longer alive and must reconcile themselves to a life lived solely through the performances they committed to celluloid. This ghostly atmosphere is reflected in the materiality of the work itself; each projection gradually yields itself to an organic cycle of deterioration and death. Shackleton has crafted an intricate and provocative piece of work which pays homage both to the affective power and the inherent fragility of cinema.

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