01 April 2007

Mike Hoolboom / Colin Campbell

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Sunday 1 April 2007

Fascination (Mike Hoolboom, 2006)

Sunday 1 April 2007, at 6:10pm, NFT 3

Prolific fringe filmmaker Mike Hoolboom (Panic Bodies, Tom) turns his lens to the fallen video 'art star' Colin Campbell (1942-2001) in this deeply affecting experimental portrait. Video artist and charming gender provocateur on the Toronto art scene, Campbell pioneered video art in the 1970s, creating drag personas that paralleled conceptual performance of the time. As Hoolboom notes in his voiceover, he does not merely tell Campbell's story but accompanies it. Contextualising Campbell's art practice within the TV generation and the Cold War, Hoolboom enters the video milieu by mixing a dreamlike cocktail of found footage with Campbell's hilarious, poignant videos. Interviews with friends, lovers and art world companions such as John Greyson and Tanya Mars add an intimate layer to this thought-provoking tribute to an important artist rarely screened in the UK. (Kyle Stephan)

Mike Hoolboom, Canada, 2006, 70 mins

Sackville I'm Yours (Colin Campbell, 1972)

Sunday 1 April 2007, at 8.30pm, NFT 3

Three Colin Campbell video works preceded by a taped introduction by guest curator Mike Hoolboom.

Sackville I'm Yours
Colin Campbell, Canada, 1972, 15 mins
In Campbell's first tape, he plays the first of his many personas 'Art Star', a legend in his own mind, in the midst of (sigh) yet another media interview.

Conundrum Clinique
Colin Campbell, Canada, 1981, 14 mins
Playing a NASA scientist, Campbell involves militarists in a melodrama of sex and violence. He has two lovers in Clinique, his boss (played by Ann McFarland) and the gorgeous Alex Wilson.

Disheveled Destiny
Colin Campbell, Canada, 2000, 29 mins
'Art Star', Campbell's very first Frankenstein, returns to Sackville on his silver anniversary. He interweaves documentary moments with camped up recollections that embody new winds of change.


BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT
Nearest Tube: Waterloo / Embankment

Tickets: £8.50 / £6.25 concessions
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